Definition of commencement
1 : an act, instance, or time of commencing They awaited the commencement of the trial.
2a : the ceremonies or the day for conferring degrees or diplomas A Nobel Prize winner will speak at the commencement.b : the period of activities at this time Commencement will kick off with a family reception followed by a banquet.
Examples of commencement in a Sentence
A poet will speak at the commencement.
there was a large turnout at the commencement of the conference, but the numbers dwindled as it progressed
Recent Examples of commencement from the Web
Friday’s talk was a curtain-raiser, preceding the Dalai Lama’s commencement speech at UC San Diego on Saturday.
Rebekah Crane, left, is congratulated by 7th-graders Mia Culver, center, and Sydne Sanders after the commencement program last week at Trinity Lutheran School in Tinley Park.
Darrin Madeley, director of athletics, gave the commencement address.
A lead organizer of the Women’s March on Washington is scheduled to speak at a college commencement ceremony in New York City, despite protests from critics who don’t like her views on Israel.
O'Hara also introduced Michael Romanelli, the commencement speaker and this year's recipient of the Rev. Charles K. Riepe Award.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s commencement speech at the historic black university Bethune-Cookman did not go well.
Listen to commencement speakers at college graduations this season and you’ll be inspired to scale mountains, discover cures, end hunger, invent a pollution-free energy source, and write The Great American Novel.
The commencement address was delivered by Dr. Kristin D. Baker, who has practiced psychiatry in various settings in Concord over the past 23 years.
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COMMENCEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of commencement for English Language Learners
: the time when something begins
: a ceremony during which degrees or diplomas are given to students who have graduated from a school or college
COMMENCEMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of commencement for Students
1 : graduation exercises
2 : the act or the time of beginning We look forward to commencement of the school year.
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