noun \kə-ˈmen(t)s-mənt\

: the time when something begins

: a ceremony during which degrees or diplomas are given to students who have graduated from a school or college

Full Definition of COMMENCEMENT

:  an act, instance, or time of commencing
a :  the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas
b :  the period of activities at this time


  1. A poet will speak at the commencement.
  2. <there was a large turnout at the commencement of the conference, but the numbers dwindled as it progressed>

First Known Use of COMMENCEMENT

13th century

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis


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