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Definition of the noun graduation

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noun - plural: graduations

  1. the successful completion of a program of study
  2. an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
  3. a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement
    • example: the ruler had 16 graduations per inch
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: line = a mark that is long relative to its width
  4. the act of arranging in grades
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of graduation: gradation
    • more generic word: quantification = the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
    • more specific words: blending / shading = a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades

Alternative definition of the noun graduation


  1. The action or process of graduating and receiving a diploma for completing a course of study (such as from an educational institution).
  2. A commencement ceremony.
  3. [sciences] A marking (i.e. on a container) indicating a measurement.


  1. "Graduation" is the third studio album by American hip hop artist Kanye West. It was released on September 11, 2007 on Roc-A-Fella Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2005 to 2007 at Chung King Studios and Sony Music Studios in New York City and at Chalice Studios and The Record Plant in Los Angeles. It was primarily produced by West and DJ Toomp and features guest contributions from artists including Mos Def, Dwele, T-Pain, Lil Wayne, and Chris Martin of Coldplay. The album's cover artwork was designed by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.
  2. "Graduation" is a musical single of Yutaka Ozaki.
    • also known as Graduation/The Night
    • released on (30 years ago)
  3. "graduation" is a musical album of DEEN.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  4. "Graduation" is a musical album of Yuma Nakamura.
    • also known as ゴールデン☆ベスト〜Graduation プラス〜
    • released on (26 years ago)
  5. "graduation" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  6. "Graduation" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  7. "graduation" is a musical single of Ami Suzuki.
    • released on
  8. "Graduation" is a musical album of A.S.A.P..
    • released on (25 years ago)
  9. "Graduation" is a musical EP of Gemini.


  1. "Graduation" is a 2007 coming-of-age film starring Chris Lowell, Chris Marquette and Riley Smith released theatrically in May 2008. It was made in collaboration with the producers of The Virgin Suicides and Seabiscuit. The film was shot in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 2005. Additional scenes were shot in and outside of North Hills Senior High School.
  2. "Graduation": La cerimonia del diploma è l'episodio finale del cartone animato statunitense Kim Possible, diretto da Steve Loter. Ambedue le parti che lo compongono sono state trasmesse il 7 settembre 2007 su Disney Channel.


"Graduation" is a video game.

  • also known as Graduation for WonderSwan, Sotsugyō II: Neo Generation FX, Sotsugyou II: Neo Generation
  • genre: Simulation video game
  • publisher: Riverhillsoft
  • released on (20 years ago)


  1. Graduation: Activities involved in administering the conferment of degrees to the university's students.
  2. Graduation: Conferral or receipt of an academic degree or diploma marking the completion of a defined set of coursework.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Graduation

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Google previewFamily Therapy with Adolescents in Residential Treatment (2017)

Intervention and Research by Jacob D. Christenson, Ashley N. Merritts

Graduation is an opportunity to show families how to be in the positive, current experience, regardless of what the next steps may hold. All students who graduate from OBH programs deserve to be celebrated. Living in the wilderness for many ...

Google previewTangled Thoughts (2015)

Third Book of the Sententia by Cara Bertrand

High school graduation is a time for goodbyes, new beginnings, and if you're Lainey Young, narrowly escaping with your life.

Google previewLean In for Graduates (2014)

by Sheryl Sandberg

The road to graduation is a long, steep climb, so take a moment at the summit to be proud of your accomplishments. Whether you know exactly where you're heading or feel a bit lost, everyone has this in common: you're all in for big surprises.

Google previewIt's a Buddy's World (2008)

by Bud Gilham

Graduation is a ceremony to signify the completion of something, usually some sort of training or education process. (Never mind the smart comments, ladies.) It also signifies, to some of us, moving on to the next phase in one's life. High school ...

Google previewPrograms in Aid of the Poor (2003)

by Sar A. Levitan

High school graduation is a minimum requirement for labor market preparation today. A few people in the "some college but no degree" category get solid training — within technical training institutions, on the job, or in apprenticeships — and ...

Google previewRaising Your Future (2000)

Nurturing Children to Be Responsible by Frederick E. Von Burg

High school graduation is a farewell and a beginning that has been so gradual in its development that if it weren't for the ceremonies and celebration, it would pass scarcely noticed. Yet there have been foreshadowings and omens presaging ...

Google previewThe 21st Century Singer (2015)

Making the Leap from the University into the World by Susan Mohini Kane

Graduation is a time for celebration and preparation for the road ahead; but it can also be unsettling. Suddenly no more following; now it is your time to lead. You have a unique voice, face, heart, and talent. You have been trained to sing in ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary American Social Issues [4 volumes] (2010)

by Michael Shally-Jensen

school graduation rates rather than of the more traditional and common statistics that measure either dropout rates or high school completion rates. (Dropout rates can be calculated in one of three ways: event dropout rates, status dropout ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Law and Higher Education (2010)

by Charles J. Russo

Graduation requirements for students in colleges and universities are established as part of the interrelationship between accrediting organizations, the federal and state governments, the courts, and institutional boards of trustees. This entry ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016)

by Steven G. Rogelberg

Graduation. Rate. Not limited to a single behavior or a single group, the behavioral approach can be used to tackle socially important issues affected by multiple behaviors of multiple constituencies. In higher education, a major problem is ...

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Quotes about Graduation

Me, we. (Supposedly the shortest quote in the English language delivered at a Harvard graduation.) (Muhammad Ali)
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Scrabble value of G2R1A1D2U1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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