Definition of commencement
- They awaited the commencement of the trial.
- A Nobel Prize winner will speak at the commencement.
- Commencement will kick off with a family reception followed by a banquet.
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
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: the time when something begins
: a ceremony during which degrees or diplomas are given to students who have graduated from a school or college
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