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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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