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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 com·mence·ment /kəmˈmɛn(t)smənt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Com·mence·ment n.
 1. The first existence of anything; act or fact of commencing; rise; origin; beginning; start.
    The time of Henry VII. . . . nearly coincides with the commencement of what is termed =\“modern history.”\=   --Hallam.
 2. The day when degrees are conferred by colleges and universities upon students and others.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got
           an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was
           the man for her" [syn: beginning, first, outset, get-go,
            start, kickoff, starting time, showtime, offset]
           [ant: middle, end]
      2: an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred [syn: commencement
         exercise, commencement ceremony, graduation, graduation
      3: the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the
         beginning of negotiations" [syn: beginning, start]
         [ant: finish]