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 report measures education based on school funding distribution, student achievement, and a student’s post-graduation chance of success. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "New Mexico elects Michelle Lujan Grisham as first Democratic Latina governor in the US," 7 Nov. 2018 But to make this a success, the Legislature may have to tweak the state’s graduation requirements, and provide more money for career counseling, said state Superintendent Chris Reykdal. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Washington voters don’t think schools prepare kids for careers. The state is trying to change that.," 31 Oct. 2018 But the ceremony was relatively small, compared to the massive state university graduations you're used to seeing in the U.S.; there were 260 graduates with about 800 guests, according to the British outlet. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William's College Graduation Video Is So Precious," 23 Oct. 2018 But charities like Communities In Schools (CIS) are working to bring graduation numbers up and get kids into college. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Bid on Lunch with Jeffrey Katzenberg, Mellody Hobson, Norman Lear and Help High School Students Graduate," 4 Oct. 2018 This spring, at least a dozen women donned graduation caps and robes and teetered in high heels through the campus of Mosul University. Sophia Jones, Marie Claire, "The Truth About The Wives of ISIS," 4 Oct. 2018 After graduation from dental school in 2007, Dr. Carmichael received additional training in root canal therapy, soft tissue laser therapy, implant surgery, and implant restorations. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 DelBianco finished her debut novel, Rough Animals, while living with her 88-year-old grandma in the months after graduation., "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 The program will not only give students a foot in the door, but also a shot at full-time employment after graduation, according to the news release. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "This brewery is looking for college ambassadors — and they're offering FREE BEER!," 10 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 \

Kids Definition of graduation

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

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