grad·u·a·tion | \ ˌgra-jə-ˈwā-shən \

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

b : commencement

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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The delay in Brents' enrollment at U of L had to do with Waggener's late graduation, Vaughn said. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Former Waggener star Jairus Brents enrolls, awaiting NCAA clearance," 13 July 2018 In a misguided attempt to repair an injustice, the court gave a man in his early 70s the right to practice law some 20 years out from his graduation and with no experience at all. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake County owes Virgil Hawkins recognition and a thank you for role in civil rights struggle," 12 July 2018 Isabel Bueso, right, discusses her upcoming college graduation with her long-time physican Paul Harmatz MD, left, at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital on Friday, June 8, 2018. Rj Mickelson,, "Photos of the week: June 5, 2018 - June 11, 2018," 11 July 2018 Bobby Shipman Meghan Levins had heard about Louisville’s farm-to-table scene following her graduation from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "More than just a gastropub. Food at Monnik is as awesome as the beer," 10 July 2018 The woman went to Virginia on May 31 to attend her sister’s graduation. John Wawrow, The Seattle Times, "Police: Woman assaulted at home of NFL star LeSean McCoy," 10 July 2018 Uppal attended his graduation from the probation department's Adult Day Reporting Center program, an intensive behavioral counseling and education program that targets felons at high risk of getting into trouble again. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 Quarterbacks who sign with high-profile programs are groomed for the next level long before their high school graduations. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Quarterback transfers altering college football's landscape because 'culture has changed'," 29 June 2018 Class of 2016 alumna Maggie Rogers returned to the school to discuss her rise from the institute to playing festivals including Governors Ball in New York just two years after her graduation. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 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 \

Kids Definition of graduation

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

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