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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Synonyms for graduation


hierarchy, ladder, ordering, ranking, scale

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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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Browse through the photos above for a look at Yao Ming's graduation ceremony. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former Rockets star Yao Ming fulfills promise, gets college degree," 13 July 2018 The Marlins also hosted Guitars Over Guns’ graduation ceremony at the ballpark last month. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "This local group helps kids grow with music. On Friday, they will sing at Marlins Park," 12 July 2018 Though the man completed his program in December 2017 and walked in his graduation ceremony, the school added a line to his transcript in January saying he had been expelled. Annie Martin,, "Ex-UCF students who sued over expulsion for sex allegations settle," 11 July 2018 Matt Saur always assumed his high school and college football workouts would carry over long after graduation. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "An Ex-Linebacker Finds a Leaner Routine," 9 Mar. 2019 Being afraid to take risks College prepares students for careers, but getting a job isn’t the only option after graduation. Valencia Higuera, The Seattle Times, "9 biggest career mistakes college grads make," 20 Feb. 2019 Upon graduation, Ruth finds that no one will hire her to practice law, even though her credentials are impeccable — first in her class, member of the Law Review at both Harvard and Columbia — for reasons that are obviously linked to her gender. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s iconification culminates in the biopic On the Basis of Sex," 20 Dec. 2018 The overall number of foreign students in the U.S. still increased slightly, by 1.5 percent, fueled by growing numbers of students who stayed for temporary work after graduation. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "US colleges attracting fewer new students from abroad," 13 Nov. 2018 But the choice is much harder for those not close to graduation. Annabelle Williams,, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of graduation

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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