What does commencement mean?

Definitions for commencement
kəˈmɛns məntcom·mence·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. beginning, commencement, first, outset, get-go, start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offsetnoun

    the time at which something is supposed to begin

    "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"

  2. commencement, commencement exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation exercisenoun

    an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

  3. beginning, start, commencementnoun

    the act of starting something

    "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"


  1. commencementnoun

    The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.

  2. commencementnoun

    The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.

  3. commencementnoun

    A graduation ceremony, from a school, college or university.

  4. Etymology: commencement.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commencementnoun

    Beginning; date.

    Etymology: from commence.

    The waters were gathered together into one place, the third day from the commencement of the creation. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.


  1. commencement

    Commencement refers to the beginning or start of something. It is often used in reference to a formal ceremony where degrees or diplomas are conferred to students upon completing their study in educational institutions, marking the beginning of their professional lives.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commencementnoun

    the first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start

  2. Commencementnoun

    the day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others

  3. Etymology: [F. commencement.]


  1. Commencement

    "Commencement" is episode 87 of The West Wing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commencement in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commencement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of commencement in a Sentence

  1. Brandi Hephner LaBanc:

    The circumstances of the accident, coming on the eve of Commencement, make it even more heartrending. We offer our prayers for Robert Byrd, Robert Byrd extended family and their friends and will do everything we can to offer support and comfort during this time.

  2. Denis Klimentov:

    The organizing committee for the commencement last year thought that he was a colorful and interesting character, it was partially supported by the fact that The Washington Post, the newspaper, back in the spring of 2016, cited Carter as one of Mr. Trump's foreign policy advisors.

  3. Anthony Lake:

    I will try to follow the advice that a university president once gave a prospective commencement speaker. 'Think of yourself as the body at an Irish wake,' he said. 'They need you in order to have the party, but no one expects you to say very much.'

  4. W, Willard Wirtz:

    Commencement speakers have a good deal in common with grandfather clocks Standing usually some six feet tall, typically ponderous in construction, more traditional than functional, their distinction is largely their noisy communication of essentially commonplace information.

  5. Joshua Sussberg:

    As of yesterday, the spot price for gas was down 30 percent from commencement of this case.

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