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Definitions for graduation
ˌgrædʒ uˈeɪ ʃəngrad·u·a·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. graduationnoun

    the successful completion of a program of study

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

    an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred

  3. graduationnoun

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

    "the ruler had 16 graduations per inch"

  4. gradation, graduationnoun

    the act of arranging in grades


  1. graduationnoun

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

  2. graduationnoun

    A commencement ceremony.

  3. graduationnoun

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

  4. graduationnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Graduationnoun

    Etymology: graduation, French, from graduate.

    The graduation of the parts of the universe is likewise necessary to the perfection of the whole. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. Sacra.

    Of greater repugnancy unto reason is that which he delivers concerning its graduation, that heated in fire, and often extinguished in oyl of mars or iron, the loadstone acquires an ability to extract a nail fastened in a wall. Thomas Browne, Vu. Err.


  1. Graduation

    Graduation is a song by American music producer Benny Blanco and American rapper Juice Wrld. The song was released on August 30, 2019. The song marks the second collaboration between the artists since "Roses" featuring Panic! at the Disco lead singer and frontman Brendon Urie in December 2018 from Blanco's debut album Friends Keep Secrets.


  1. graduation

    Graduation is the culmination of completing a specific course of study or program of education, typically at the secondary or higher educational level. It symbolizes the successful completion of academic requirements and is often marked by a formal ceremony where students receive diplomas or degrees.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Graduationnoun

    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. Graduationnoun

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

  3. Graduationnoun

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

  4. Etymology: [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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of graduation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of graduation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of graduation in a Sentence

  1. Julie Northcott:

    For two years, that's all she's( been) talking about. She wanted to make it to her son's graduation.

  2. Superintendent Shawn Vondra:

    To be specific, graduation speeches by students may elect to include statements of personal faith and expressions of religious views, the district does not initiate discussion of specific students … Having said that, to the extent any of our speakers are concerned about this important topic, we are working with our staff and students to ensure any concerns are appropriately addressed and students ’ rights are supported now and preserved into the future.

  3. Vice President Mike Pence:

    I know we gather at a time of great challenge in the life of our nation, and you all here in the pursuit of your commission and the service of this nation have been through a lot. And while we don't quite look like the usual graduation at the Air Force, let me tell you this is an awesome sight.

  4. Board Chairman Junior Bridgeman:

    By any measure – student retention and graduation rates, research funding and successes, student achievement and fundraising – the University of Louisville is a different, far better institution because of Dr. Ramsey.

  5. Anonomys:

    It wasn’t as dark and scary as they said... in fact it was kind of fun” -spoken at a graduation

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