Definitions for: Commencement

[n] the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
[n] an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
[n] the time at which something begins; "They got an early start"

Webster (1913) Definition: Com*mence"ment, n. [F. commencement.]
1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of
commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.

The time of Henry VII. . . . nearly coincides with
the commencement of what is termed ``modern
history.'' --Hallam.

2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and
universities upon students and others.

Synonyms: beginning, beginning, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, first, graduation, graduation exercise, kickoff, offset, outset, start, start, starting time

Antonyms: end, ending, finish, finishing, middle

See Also: accession, activation, attack, baccalaureate, birth, change of state, constitution, Creation, debut, entry, establishment, exercise, face-off, first appearance, first step, formation, foundation, founding, groundbreaking, groundbreaking ceremony, housing start, icebreaker, inauguration, incipience, incipiency, initiation, initiative, innovation, installation, installing, installment, instauration, institution, introduction, jump ball, kickoff, launching, opening, opening move, organisation, organization, origination, point, point in time, recommencement, resumption, rise to power, scrum, scrummage, starting point, startup, terminus a quo, threshold, tone-beginning, unveiling

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