commencement

[ kuh-mens-muhnt ]
/ 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.

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Origin of commencement

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

OTHER WORDS FROM commencement

non·com·mence·ment, nounre·com·mence·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for commencement

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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