Commencement

Definition of Commencement

Com`mence´ment
n.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.

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