grad·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌgra-jə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce graduation (audio) \

Definition of graduation

1 : a mark on an instrument or vessel indicating degrees or quantity also : these marks
2a : the award or acceptance of an academic degree or diploma
3 : arrangement in degrees or ranks

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Examples of graduation in a Sentence

He joined the navy after graduation. We had a party to celebrate her graduation from high school. They took lots of pictures at their son's graduation.
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Recent Examples on the Web The morning after graduation, Parton boarded a Greyhound in hot pursuit of the usual dream. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, "The United States of Dolly Parton," 12 Oct. 2020 Wardlaw and one of his friends had planned to go to Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., after graduation in 1993. Kimberly Dishongh, Arkansas Online, "HIGH PROFILE: Jonathan David Wardlaw has big soccer dreams," 11 Oct. 2020 Five years after graduation, those with associate degrees and those with certificates are about even in average wages, about $15,000 a year more than those with a high school degree. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "6 months to a good paying job? Short-term credentials try to fill void," 8 Oct. 2020 Some likely never intended to practice manipulative medicine, while others simply stopped training—and trusting in—their hands after graduation. Eleanor Cummins, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Doctor Comes From a Uniquely American Brand of Medicine," 6 Oct. 2020 Soon after high school graduation, Kevin landed a gig apprenticing at a local music studio. Michelle Miller, CBS News, "FBI seeks new witnesses in unsolved murder of hip-hop producer," 30 Sep. 2020 After graduation, Butz went to work for a few small, independent oil and gas operators and spent most of his career in south Louisiana as superintendent for Mecom Oil. Staff Report,, "WWII combat pilot John Butz celebrates his 100th birthday," 29 Sep. 2020 After graduation, Day-Banker worked a variety of jobs, including as a waitress in Wayzata. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, "Karan Day-Banker, mainstay at Calhoun Beach Club and mom to many, dies at 76," 28 Sep. 2020 Yet, five days after graduation, after Lowe left texts and calls unreturned, Staff Sgt. Blake Morgan,, "Military suicide numbers have risen this year by as much as 20% as service members struggle with isolation and other impacts of COVID-19," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of graduation

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of graduation was in 1594

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19 Oct 2020

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“Graduation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of graduation

: the act of receiving a diploma or degree from a school, college, or university : the act of graduating
: a ceremony at which degrees or diplomas are given out


grad·​u·​a·​tion | \ ˌgra-jə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce graduation (audio) \

Kids Definition of graduation

1 : the act or process of finishing a course of study

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