May 15, 2018
Learner's Word of the Day
commencement /kəˈmɛnsmənt/ noun
commencement
/kəˈmɛnsmənt/
noun

plural commencements

The student is receiving her diploma at the commencement.
The student is receiving her diploma at the commencement.
Learner's definition of COMMENCEMENT

formal

1 [noncount] : the time when something begins : BEGINNING — usually + of

  • They awaited the commencement of the trial.

  • It's the first attempt at peace since the commencement [=start] of hostilities.

2 US : a ceremony during which degrees or diplomas are given to students who have graduated from a school or college

[noncount]

  • the week before commencement [=graduation]

[count]

  • A poet will speak at the commencement.

— often used before another noun

  • a commencement speech/address/ceremony

  • commencement exercises

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