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[graj-oo-ey-shuh n] /ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən/
an act of graduating; the state of being graduated.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or diplomas, as at a college or school.
arrangement in degrees, levels, or ranks.
Origin of graduation
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English graduacion < Medieval Latin graduātiōn- (stem of graduātiō). See graduate, -ion
Related forms
nongraduation, noun
postgraduation, adjective
pregraduation, noun Unabridged
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  • This is the first summer since her graduation which she has not spent abroad.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Phœbe's graduation from the Greenwald High School was her red-letter day.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • At graduation, he may say, “I'm going into chemical engineering construction.”

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • The day after the graduation, the cards were handed out among the other grades.

    Rosemary Josephine Lawrence
  • It marred all joys of graduation, so far as Miss Sanford was concerned.

    Marion's Faith. Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for graduation


the act of graduating or the state of being graduated
the ceremony at which school or college degrees and diplomas are conferred
a mark or division or all the marks or divisions that indicate measure on an instrument or vessel
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Word Origin and History for graduation

early 15c., in alchemy, "tempering, refining of something to a certain degree; measurement according to the four degrees of a quality," from graduate (n.). General sense of "dividing into degrees" is from 1590s; meaning "action of receiving or giving an academic degree" is from early 15c.; in reference to the ceremony where a degree is given, from 1818.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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