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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

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

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

I grew up very differently than a lot of other people in my hometown in Mississippi. But I can't imagine my life any other way. I flew home and surprised my best friend at his graduation, and I remember turning to my mom and saying, 'My graduation was so much cooler than this.' I had Melissa Joan Hart give my commencement speech.
Taylor Spreitler

From the very commencement the student should set out to witness the progress and effects of sickness and ought to persevere in the daily observation of disease during the whole period of his studies.
Robert James Graves
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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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