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.
Recent Examples on the Web After graduation, Shahnavaz joined the U.S. Army, served five years, then became an Elwood Police officer in August 2021. Hannah Brock, The Indianapolis Star, 1 Aug. 2022 After graduation, Cochrane worked in a recording studio in Virginia. Elaine Pofeldt, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Victor, the college student, worries about his life after graduation. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 31 July 2022 Turner said her mother moved from Evergreen Park to Texas shortly after graduation. Paul Eisenberg, Chicago Tribune, 22 July 2022 After graduation, the trio went their separate ways. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 After graduation from The Ohio State University, Hoon began his career as a special education teacher for the New York City Department of Education. cleveland, 20 July 2022 Radomski relocated to Minnesota after graduation and embarked on a career as a fisheries biologist and lake ecology scientist. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 Without that kind of network, Agustin initially floundered after graduation. Stuart Miller, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of graduation

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Aug 2022

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“Graduation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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