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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 ?
But I do not pretend that I should ever have suspected how poor a record of the mutations of life, the best preserved geological section presented, had not the difficulty of our not discovering innumerable transitional links between the species which appeared at the commencement and close of each formation, pressed so hardly on my theory.
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.
It was consequently necessary to name some other period for the commencement of actual felicity-- to have some other point on which her wishes and hopes might be fixed, and by again enjoying the pleasure of anticipation, console herself for the present, and prepare for another disappointment.
When the doctors were left alone, the family doctor began timidly explaining his opinion, that there was a commencement of tuberculous trouble, but.
An ancestor of Marmaduke Temple had, about one hundred and twenty years before the commencement of our tale, come to the colony of Pennsylvania, a friend and co-religionist of its great patron.
The commencement of his speech had obviously been made with the intention of demonstrating the advantages of his position and showing that he was nevertheless willing to negotiate.
As the President is to be elected for no more than four years, it can rarely happen that an adequate salary, fixed at the commencement of that period, will not continue to be such to its end.
Granting that the question at present was simply that of sending a projectile up to the moon, every one must see that that involved the commencement of a series of experiments.
Suddenly I came to myself and, with that strange instinct which seems ever to prompt me to my duty, I seized the cudgel, which had fallen to the floor at the commencement of the battle, and swinging it with all the power of my earthly arms I crashed it full upon the head of the ape, crushing his skull as though it had been an eggshell.
The badly employed are those which, notwithstanding they may be few in the commencement, multiply with time rather than decrease.
But there is reason to believe that President Dunster sat in it, when he held the first Commencement at Harvard College.
It was finally settled that this should be our plan; and that inquiries and preparations should immediately be set on foot; and while my mother busied herself with these, I should return to Horton Lodge at the close of my four weeks' vacation, and give notice for my final departure when things were in train for the speedy commencement of our school.