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graduation

Graduation happens when you successfully complete an academic program, like high school or college. Then you go to a graduation ceremony.

Scientists might talk about the graduation lines on beakers and rulers that mark out units of measurement. But when most people hear this word, they think about finishing school. Students and their families celebrate graduation from high school, college, training programs, and even kindergarten. At graduation ceremonies, people often wear funny tasseled hats and long robes, then walk up one by one to get an official diploma or certificate.

Definitions of graduation
  1. noun
    the successful completion of a program of study
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    type of:
    closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup
    a concluding action
  2. noun
    an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
    synonyms: commencement, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, graduation exercise
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    type of:
    exercise
    (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
  3. noun
    a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement
    “the ruler had 16 graduations per inch”
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    type of:
    line
    a mark that is long relative to its width
  4. noun
    the act of arranging in grades
    synonyms: gradation
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    types:
    blending, shading
    a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades
    type of:
    quantification
    the act of discovering or expressing the quantity of something
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