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
Origin and Etymology of commencement
First Known Use: 13th century
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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