- The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; the beginning.
- The time of Henry VII nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed modern history.
- 1800, William Took, View of the Russian empire during the reign of Catharine the Second:
- Yet from the commencement of mining there have been unnoble proprietors of mines, who belonged to the class of merchants.
- 2022 January 12, “Network News: Thousands savour Okehampton visit”, in RAIL, number 948, page 11:
- Commencement of a two-hourly service pattern by GWR marked the return of regular services to Okehampton for the first time since their withdrawal in 1972. There are plans to extend this to hourly.
- The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.
- A graduation ceremony, from a school, college or university.
- (graduation ceremony): convocation
an act of commencing or beginning
day degrees are conferred
- commencement in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- “commencement”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
commencement m (plural commencements)
- “commencement”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
commencement m (plural commencemens)