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Definition of Commencement


  1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.
  2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.

Commencement Quotations

A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.
Robert Orben

How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion.

I don't believe complete assimilation is possible, at least not for anyone who has an active, open mind. Every step, every entry into the flows of existence can be seen as a beginning, a commencement of a brand new way of seeing oneself in the world. This is the case for everyone.
Chang-Rae Lee

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.
Sydney J. Harris

Commencement speeches were invented largely in the belief that outgoing college students should never be released into the world until they have been properly sedated.
Garry Trudeau
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Commencement Translations

commencement in Afrikaans is begin
commencement in Danish is begyndelse
commencement in Dutch is begin, ontstaan, aanvang
commencement in Finnish is alku
commencement in Latin is initium
commencement in Spanish is comienzo
commencement in Swedish is skolavslutning
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