commencement

[ kuh-mens-muh nt ]
/ kəˈmɛns mənt /

noun

an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.
the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
the day on which this ceremony takes place.

Origin of commencement

1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French. See commence, -ment

Related forms

non·com·mence·ment, nounre·com·mence·ment, noun
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commencement

/ (kəˈmɛnsmənt) /

noun

the beginning; start
  1. US and Canadian a ceremony for the presentation of awards at secondary schools
  2. US a ceremony for the conferment of academic degrees
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