Definition of commencement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    commencement

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//kəˈmɛnsmənt//
     
    [uncountable, countable, usually singular]
     
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  1. 1(formal) beginning the commencement of the financial year
  2. 2 a ceremony at which students receive their academic degrees or diploma synonym graduation
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: commencement