[k_ə_m_ˈɛ_n_s_m_ə_n_t], [kəmˈɛnsmənt], [kəmˈɛnsmənt]

Definitions of commencement:

  1.   The beginning: the thing begun. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   Beginning; time when students receive degrees. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Beginning; origin; the occasion when degrees or diplomas are conferred at schools and colleges. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Beginning, rise, or origin; first existence; the great annual day at Cambridge on which degrees are conferred and prize essays read, & c.; the similar day at Oxford is called " The Commemoration". – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   Beginning; rise; origin; first existence; a day on which academic degrees are publicly conferred; also the day when a student is made a bachelor at Cambridge. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for commencement:

  1. 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
  2. The whole of that part of Southern Africa which is controlled by racial minorities is experiencing either consistent and regular guerilla activity or is faced with advanced preparation for its commencement – Joe Slovo
  3. 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. – G. B. Trudeau
  4. A commencement is a time of joy. It is also a time of melancholy. But then again, so is life. – Paul Tsongas
  5. It was a myth that's often perpetuated at commencement that holds that only hope and promise lie beyond the halls of academe. Don't worry, be happy. Everything is fine. – Paul Tsongas

Usage examples for commencement:

  1. People enjoyed finding something to say when he passed them; their laughter still had the effect of making his knees begin to jerk with a nervous movement, like the quickly- suppressed commencement of a flight. ” – Pelle the Conqueror, Vol. 2 by Martin Anderson Nexo
  2. From the very commencement the fighting was at close quarters, and the storm of shot and shell caused death on every hand. ” – The Great War in England in 1897 by William Le Queux
  3. “ For the commencement of their life was just. ” – The Orations of Lysias by Lysias
  4. At the commencement of the third race they were still of fine silver, and weighed about 23 or 24 grs. ” – The History of Currency, 1252 to 1896 by William Arthur Shaw
  5. It is a real commencement day mystery, isn't it? ” – Madge Morton's Victory by Amy D.V. Chalmers
  6. There is one instance where Korean children went on a strike just at Commencement time. ” – Flash-lights from the Seven Seas by William L. Stidger Commentator: Bishop Francis J. McConnell
  7. All doubt as to whether this was Malcolm's friend, vanished within two minutes of his commencement – The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  8. “ I have just been looking over it from the commencement – Falkland, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  9. As soon as the first arrangements for the commencement of this hospital had been made, de Lescure and Henri went to Clisson. ” – La Vendée An Historical Romance by Anthony Trollope
  10. Let it be remembered, however, as a matter of fact, that when in 1813 Rossini produced Tancredi, which marks the commencement of the reforms introduced by him into serious opera, he had enjoyed no opportunity of seeing any of Mozart's works on the stage. ” – The Great Musicians: Rossini and His School by Henry Sutherland Edwards