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com·mence·ment

commencement

 
pronunciation:
k mens mnt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the day or ceremony of graduation from a school or college.
We will get our diplomas at commencement.
synonyms:
graduation
definition 2: the act or time of beginning.
Before the commencement of the game, players must stay at their end of the field.
synonyms:
beginning, start
similar words:
birth, creation, dawn, first, opening, outset