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1. commencement

noun. ['kəˈmɛnsmənt'] an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred.

Synonyms

  • baccalaureate
  • commencement ceremony
  • graduation exercise
  • commencement exercise
  • exercise

Antonyms

  • nonalignment
  • ending
  • arrive
  • stop

Etymology

  • commencement (French)
  • comencement (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Commencement

  • abandonment
  • abatement
  • aberrant
  • abhorrent
  • abortifacient
  • abridgement
  • absent
  • absorbent
  • abstinent
  • abundant
  • accelerant
  • accident
  • accompaniment
  • accompaniment
  • accomplishment
  • accountant
  • accouterment
  • accoutrement
  • achievement
  • acknowledgement

Sentences with commencement


1. Noun, singular or mass
Under most states laws, all mechanics on a piece of property have the same work commencement date.

2. Adjective
Many well-known public figures have received honorary degrees at commencement ceremonies.

Quotes about commencement


1. A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success.
- Robert Orben

2. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice."[Stanford University commencement speech, 2005]
- Steve Jobs

3. The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.[Commencement Address at Yale University, June 11 1962]
- John F. Kennedy

2. commencement

noun. ['kəˈmɛnsmənt'] the time at which something is supposed to begin.

Synonyms

  • point
  • incipience
  • beginning
  • birth
  • outset
  • starting time
  • showtime
  • kickoff
  • offset
  • first
  • terminus a quo
  • point in time
  • starting point
  • start
  • threshold
  • get-go

Antonyms

  • end
  • death
  • close
  • stand still

Etymology

  • commencement (French)
  • comencement (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. commencement

noun. ['kəˈmɛnsmənt'] the act of starting something.

Synonyms

  • unveiling
  • installment
  • icebreaker
  • activation
  • first step
  • organisation
  • startup
  • launching
  • tone-beginning
  • start
  • initiative
  • attack
  • installation
  • installing
  • institution
  • housing start
  • formation
  • founding
  • inauguration
  • entry
  • change of state
  • first appearance
  • scrum
  • establishment
  • instauration
  • organization
  • constitution
  • face-off
  • instalment
  • creation
  • debut
  • scrummage
  • opening move
  • kickoff
  • resumption
  • groundbreaking ceremony
  • recommencement
  • innovation
  • initiation
  • opening
  • springboard
  • jump ball
  • jumping-off point
  • foundation
  • beginning
  • introduction
  • point of departure
  • origination

Antonyms

  • finish
  • unoriginal
  • nonpayment
  • inactivity

Etymology

  • commencement (French)
  • comencement (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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