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 Holmes was looking forward to attending college after high school graduation and also had talked about joining the Air Force. Carol Robinson |, al, 21 July 2021 After graduation, crew members who qualified will either report to a Special Boat Team or complete follow-on training, the US Navy said in the release. Barbara Starr, CNN, 15 July 2021 After graduation, a group of fraternity brothers traveled to South America, with Pettengill’s family hosting them in Paraguay. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 15 July 2021 Family members said the teenager dreamed of becoming a NASCAR driver after graduation. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Family members said Brittain dreamed of becoming a NASCAR driver after graduation. Andrew Demillo, ajc, 7 July 2021 Meanwhile, more than 30% of student loan borrowers are in default, late or have stopped making payments six years after graduation. Michael Arceneaux, Essence, 28 June 2021 After graduation, Bruderek worked for the Baltimore Orioles for a few years before moving to Florida to take an assistant position at UCF. Khobi Price,, 27 June 2021 Emanuel also made occasional out-of-state visits to woo students from prestigious schools like Harvard, UCLA and the University of Michigan to move to Chicago after graduation, part of his effort to grow the city’s technology start-up economy., 9 July 2021

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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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28 Jul 2021

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“Graduation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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