- 1 [usually in singular] A beginning or start: at the commencement of trainingMore example sentences
- Mr Bradley also refused to be drawn on a deadline for the commencement or a finishing date for the road.
- That date has two significances, but, critically, it is the date of the commencement of the new preference regime.
- They both urged their members to remain calm as they waited for management to set dates for the commencement of negotiations.
- 2North American A ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students: [as modifier]: a commencement addressMore example sentences
- 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).