Definition of commencement in English:


Line breaks: com¦mence|ment
Pronunciation: /kəˈmɛnsm(ə)nt


  • 2North American A ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on university or high-school students: [as modifier]: a commencement address
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    • They captured him speaking at the commencement ceremony at Harvard University.
    • Asian University hosted its annual commencement ceremony last week.
    • I had the honor of addressing a commencement class today at Harvard University Law School.


Middle English: from Old French, from the verb commencier (see commence).

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