- 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
Examples from the Web for recommencement
But at the music's recommencement he turned directly to her.The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
The life of humanity, history, are but an interminable "recommencement of things."The Dead Command
Vicente Blasco Ibez
More raps with the stick, more scolding, and a recommencement.The Kingdom of God is Within You, What is Art
Lyof N. Tolstoi
Nowhere is there the slightest evidence of pause or of recommencement.The Gospel Of Evolution
Would she have anything to do with the settling which must precede his recommencement of existence?Sir Tom
- the beginning; start
- US and Canadiana ceremony for the presentation of awards at secondary schools
- USa ceremony for the conferment of academic degrees
Word Origin and History for recommencement
late 13c., "beginning," from Old French comencement "beginning, start" (Modern French commencement), from comencier (see commence). Meaning "school graduation ceremony" attested by 1850, American English. (Sense "entrance upon the privileges of a master or doctor in a university" is from late 14c.)
I know what you are thinking of -- the class members grouped in a semicircle on the stage, the three scared boys in new ready-made black suits, the seventeen pretty girls in fluffy white dresses (the gowns of the year), each senior holding a ribbon-tied manuscript bulging with thoughts on "Beyond the Alps Lies Italy," "Our Ship is Launched -- Whither Shall it Sail?" and similar topics. [Charles Moreau Harger, "The Real Commencement," "New Outlook," May 8, 1909]