Commencement may refer to:

  • Graduation, the ceremony at which students receive academic degrees
    • Commencement speech
  • "Commencement" (The West Wing)
  • Commencement (album), by Deadsy
  • Commencement, a novel by J. Courtney Sullivan about Smith College
  • "Commencement", a season 4 episode of Smallville
  • The process by which a United Kingdom Act of Parliament takes effect

Famous quotes containing the word commencement:

    [T]he late Samuel McChord Crothers, genial wit and essayist, ... after listening to the speeches at a certain Harvard Commencement remarked that he gathered that the world had been in great danger, but that all would now be well.
    —For the State of Massachusetts, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    After that came commencement day—that great day for which all other days were made. And it went. And that night I felt of myself all over, and to my astonishment, I found ‘twas the same old Rud. Not a single cubit added to my stature; not a hair’s breadth to my girth. If anything, on the contrary, I felt more lank and gaunt than common, much as if a load were off my stomach.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)