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com·mence·ment

 (kə-mĕns′mənt)
n.
1. A beginning; a start.
2.
a. A ceremony at which academic degrees or diplomas are conferred.
b. The day on which such a ceremony occurs.

commencement

(kəˈmɛnsmənt)
n
1. the beginning; start
2. (Education)
a. US and Canadian a ceremony for the presentation of awards at secondary schools
b. US a ceremony for the conferment of academic degrees

com•mence•ment

(kəˈmɛns mənt)

n.
1. an act of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.
2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
3. the day this ceremony takes place.
[1225–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French]

commencement

A ceremony at which school diplomas or academic degrees are awarded to students.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.commencement - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
birth - the time when something begins (especially life); "they divorced after the birth of the child"; "his election signaled the birth of a new age"
incipience, incipiency - beginning to exist or to be apparent; "he placed the incipience of democratic faith at around 1850"; "it is designed to arrest monopolies in their incipiency"
point in time, point - an instant of time; "at that point I had to leave"
starting point, terminus a quo - earliest limiting point
threshold - the starting point for a new state or experience; "on the threshold of manhood"
2.commencement - an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferredcommencement - an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
baccalaureate - a farewell sermon to a graduating class at their commencement ceremonies
exercise - (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches; "academic exercises"
3.commencement - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
jumping-off point, point of departure, springboard - a beginning from which an enterprise is launched; "he uses other people's ideas as a springboard for his own"; "reality provides the jumping-off point for his illusions"; "the point of departure of international comparison cannot be an institution but must be the function it carries out"
activation - making active and effective (as a bomb)
tone-beginning, attack - a decisive manner of beginning a musical tone or phrase
establishment, constitution, formation, organisation, organization - the act of forming or establishing something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"
first appearance, introduction, debut, entry, launching, unveiling - the act of beginning something new; "they looked forward to the debut of their new product line"
face-off - (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
first step, opening move, initiative, opening - the first of a series of actions
groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony - the ceremonial breaking of the ground to formally begin a construction project
housing start - the act of starting to construct a house
icebreaker - a beginning that relaxes a tense or formal atmosphere; "he told jokes as an icebreaker"
inauguration, startup - the act of starting a new operation or practice; "he opposed the inauguration of fluoridation"; "the startup of the new factory was delayed by strikes"
founding, instauration, origination, initiation, innovation, creation, institution, introduction, foundation - the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new; "she looked forward to her initiation as an adult"; "the foundation of a new scientific society"
installation, installing, instalment, installment - the act of installing something (as equipment); "the telephone installation took only a few minutes"
jump ball - (basketball) the way play begins or resumes when possession is disputed; an official tosses the ball up between two players who jump in an effort to tap it to a teammate
kickoff - (football) a kick from the center of the field to start a football game or to resume it after a score
recommencement, resumption - beginning again
scrum, scrummage - (rugby) the method of beginning play in which the forwards of each team crouch side by side with locked arms; play starts when the ball is thrown in between them and the two sides compete for possession
startup - the act of setting in operation; "repeated shutdowns and startups are expensive"

commencement

noun beginning, start, opening, launch, birth, origin, dawn, outset, onset, initiation, inauguration, inception, embarkation All applicants should be at least 16 years of age at the commencement of this course.

commencement

noun
1. The act or process of bringing or being brought into existence:
Informal: kickoff.
2. The initial stage of a developmental process:
Translations
بَدْء، ابْتِداءحَفْلَة تَخْريج
datum vznikupromocezačátekzahájení
årsafslutningbegyndelsepåbegyndelsetranslokation
avatási napdiplomaavató ünnepély
byrjun, upphaf
slávnostné ukončenie školského roka
başlamabaşlangıçdiploma töreni

commencement

[kəˈmensmənt] N
1. (frm) (= start) → comienzo m, principio m
2. (US) (Univ) → (ceremonia f de) graduación f, (ceremonia f de) entrega f de diplomas

commencement

[kəˈmɛnsmənt] n
(= beginning) → commencement m
(US) (= graduation) → remise f des diplômes

commencement

n
(form)Beginn m
(Univ, Cambridge, Dublin, US) → Abschlussfeier f (zur Verleihung der Diplome etc)

commencement

[kəˈmɛnsmənt] n (frm) → inizio

commence

(kəˈmens) verb
to begin. the church service commenced with a hymn.
comˈmencement noun
1. beginning.
2. a ceremony at which students receive their diplomas or degrees.
References in classic literature ?
Laurie graduates then, and you'd enjoy commencement as something new.
Harling came to the Opera House to hear the Commencement exercises, and I looked at her most of the time while I made my speech.
Aroused by this signal, slight as it was, he sprang upon his feet with a confused recollection of the self-imposed duty he had assumed with the commencement of the night.
The white double rose-bush had evidently been propped up anew against the house since the commencement of the season; and a pear-tree and three damson-trees, which, except a row of currant-bushes, constituted the only varieties of fruit, bore marks of the recent amputation of several superfluous or defective limbs.
It was the commencement of his gang, to be augmented, as the boat moved on, by various other merchandise of the same kind, which he, or his agent, had stored for him in various points along shore.
The two walked along together, Adam comforting the disconsolate Emma Jane, until they reached the old meeting-house where the Commencement exercises were always held.
I began, with the commencement of the year, to prepare myself for a final struggle, which should decide my fate one way or the other.
It was English history: among the readers I observed my acquaintance of the verandah: at the commencement of the lesson, her place had been at the top of the class, but for some error of pronunciation, or some inattention to stops, she was suddenly sent to the very bottom.
Commence," was Monsieur Defarge's not unreasonable reply, "at the commencement.
The dogs, in the meantime, which had made a dreadful baying at the commencement of the disturbance, seemed now to recognise the voice of him who stood without; for, totally changing their manner, they scratched and whined at the door, as if interceding for his admission.
In the same way I fancied that those nations which, starting from a semi-barbarous state and advancing to civilization by slow degrees, have had their laws successively determined, and, as it were, forced upon them simply by experience of the hurtfulness of particular crimes and disputes, would by this process come to be possessed of less perfect institutions than those which, from the commencement of their association as communities, have followed the appointments of some wise legislator.
Between the commencement and termination of such a period, there would always be a considerable interval, in which the prospect of annihilation would be sufficiently remote, not to have an improper effect upon the conduct of a man indued with a tolerable portion of fortitude; and in which he might reasonably promise himself, that there would be time enough before it arrived, to make the community sensible of the propriety of the measures he might incline to pursue.