commencement commencement  /kə ˈmɛns mənt/


  1. (n) the time at which something is supposed to begin
  2. (n) an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
  3. (n) the act of starting something


  1. Winfrey to speak at Harvard commencement

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Oprah Winfrey will be one of the principal speakers at Harvard University's commencement this week. The media mogul and talk show host will speak Thursday during the afternoon exercises at Harvard's 362nd commencement.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: 7 News Boston

  2. SHS commencement ceremony this Friday

    The Springfield High School Commencement ceremony will be held outside, 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 14, at the SHS stadium (weather permitting).
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Springfield Press

  3. Commencement conducted for Coppell Class of 2013

    Coppell High School band members played Pomp and Circumstance as 670 CHS seniors marched into the University of North Texas coliseum Thursday afternoon for commencement ceremonies and to receive their diplomas.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Coppell Gazette


  1. "Having concluded that it would be in the best interests of the Court to have my successor appointed and confirmed well in advance of the commencement of the Court's next Term, I shall retire from regular active service as an Associate Justice,"...
    on Apr 9, 2010 By: John Paul Stevens Source: USA Today

  2. John Paul said to reporters that he hopes that the man who takes his position after him is long confirmed "well in advance of the commencement of the court's next term."
    on Apr 9, 2010 By: Patrick Leahy Source:

  3. "If that fails - and I'm saying this very bluntly and very clearly on your programme today - if that fails then we will initiate that court action before the commencement of the whaling season in November 2010," Mr Rudd said.
    on Feb 18, 2010 By: Kevin Rudd Source: Times Online

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