con·​vo·​ca·​tion | \ˌkän-və-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of convocation 

1a : an assembly of persons called together to a meeting

b(1) : an assembly of bishops and representative clergy of the Church of England

(2) : a consultative assembly of clergy and lay delegates from one part of an Episcopal diocese also : a territorial division of an Episcopal diocese

c : a ceremonial assembly of members of a college or university gave a speech at the convocation

2 : the act or process of calling an assembly of persons to a meeting

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Other Words from convocation

convocational \ ˌkän-​və-​ˈkā-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of convocation in a Sentence

They called for the immediate convocation of the council. the first speaker to address the convocation

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This letter quickly grabbed the attention of school administrators, who decided to honor Toensing by inviting her to the 2018 Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's convocation. Andrea Diaz, CNN, "A 6th-grade teacher wrote 'Invite me to your Harvard graduation!' -- 21 years later, the student did just that," 25 May 2018 Marchers are scheduled to gather in Daley Plaza at 11 a.m. Faith leaders will lead the group in a convocation. Heidi Stevens,, "'American values are being shredded:' Families Belong Together March organizers speak out," 26 June 2018 Balegh told the participants that the clerics were not in favor of foreign troops in Afghanistan and that the scholars should work for a grander convocation of religious figures to find a way for ending the conflict. Sayed Salahuddin, Washington Post, "Suicide bomber hits meeting of Afghan religious figures condemning terrorism, killing 14," 4 June 2018 Last summer, Comey agreed to give a convocation speech and series of lectures at Howard University. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Comey to teach course on ethical leadership for College of William & Mary," 19 Jan. 2018 Staff members will also put together a video about her for the superintendent's convocation at the start of the next school year. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Janet Keffer Is Named Griswold Teacher Of The Year," 6 June 2018 University of North Georgia officials on Wednesday showed off its new $37 million convocation center, located on its Dahlonega campus. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "University of North Georgia unveils $37 million convocation center," 23 May 2018 An honors convocation document shared by Dillard online stated that Houston Smith has been on the Dean's List since the spring and fall of 2017. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "New Orleans parents rent billboard to celebrate son's graduation from Dillard," 11 May 2018 But the position that most made Moore was when Falwell charged him with picking speakers for convocation, Liberty’s weekly student gathering. Michelle Boorstein And Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post, "With Pence’s Jerusalem embassy news, Trump’s evangelical advisers tick an item off the list," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of convocation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for convocation

Middle English, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French, from Latin convocation-, convocatio, from convocare — see convoke

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English Language Learners Definition of convocation

: a large formal meeting of people (such as church officials)

: a meeting of the members of a college or university to observe a particular ceremony (such as the beginning of the school year or the announcing of awards and honors)

: the act of calling a group of people to a formal meeting

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