Meaning of commencement

com•mence•ment

Pronunciation: (ku-mens'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.
  2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
  3. the day on which this ceremony takes place.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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