Definitions for graduationˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graduation(noun)

    the successful completion of a program of study

  2. commencement, commencement exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation exercise(noun)

    an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

  3. graduation(noun)

    a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement

    "the ruler had 16 graduations per inch"

  4. gradation, graduation(noun)

    the act of arranging in grades


  1. graduation(Noun)

    The action or process of graduating and receiving a diploma for completing a course of study (such as from an educational institution).

  2. graduation(Noun)

    A commencement ceremony.

  3. graduation(Noun)

    A marking (i.e. on a container) indicating a measurement.

  4. graduation(Noun)

    The exposure of a liquid in large surfaces to the air, so as to hasten its evaporation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graduation(noun)

    the act of graduating, or the state of being graduated; as, graduation of a scale; graduation at a college; graduation in color; graduation by evaporation; the graduation of a bird's tail, etc

  2. Graduation(noun)

    the marks on an instrument or vessel to indicate degrees or quantity; a scale

  3. Graduation(noun)

    the exposure of a liquid in large surfaces to the air, so as to hasten its evaporation

  4. Origin: [LL. graduatio promotion to a degree: cf. F. graduation division into degrees.]


  1. Graduation

    Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become graduates. Before the graduation, candidates are referred to as graduands. The date of graduation is often called graduation day. The graduation itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation, though in some cases inaccurately. At the University of Cambridge, the occasion on which most graduands receive their BA degree is known as general admission. After degree completion, graduates can be referred to by their graduating year. In the United States and Canada, it is also used to refer to the advancement from a primary or secondary school level. When ceremonies are associated, they usually include a procession of the academic staff and candidates. Beginning at the secondary school level in the United States, the candidates will almost always wear academic dress, and increasingly faculty will do the same. At the college and university level the faculty will usually wear academic dress at the formal ceremonies, as will the trustees and degree candidates. "Graduation" at the college and university level occurs when the presiding officer confers degrees upon candidates, either individually or en masse, even if graduates physically receive their diploma later at a smaller college or departmental ceremony.

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