• WordNet 3.6
    • n graduation the successful completion of a program of study
    • n graduation the act of arranging in grades
    • n graduation a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement "the ruler had 16 graduations per inch"
    • n graduation an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only three Presidents graduated from the military academies: Grant, Eisenhower (West Point) and Carter (Annapolis).
    • Graduation The act of graduating, or the state of being graduated; as, graduation of a scale; graduation at a college; graduation in color; graduation by evaporation; the graduation of a bird's tail, etc.
    • Graduation The exposure of a liquid in large surfaces to the air, so as to hasten its evaporation.
    • Graduation The marks on an instrument or vessel to indicate degrees or quantity; a scale.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The average child will eat 1,500 PB sandwiches by high school graduation.
    • n graduation The act of graduating, or the state of being graduated. The act or art of dividing into degrees or other definite parts, as scales, the limbs of astronomical or other instruments, and the like.
    • n graduation Admission to a degree in a college or university, or by some professional corporation, as a result of examination.
    • n graduation The raising of a substance to a higher degree of fineness, consistency, or the like; transmutation, as of metals (in alchemy): concentration, as of a liquid by evaporation.
    • n graduation Collectively, the marks or lines made on an instrument to indicate degrees or other divisions.
    • n graduation The act of grading, or the state of being graded; grading.
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  • Herbert True
    Herbert True
    “One half who graduate from college never read another book.”
  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “Life is my college. May I graduate well, and earn some honors.”
  • Robert M. Hutchins
    Robert M. Hutchins
    “The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I just graduated and already I'm way behind.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If nobody dropped out of eighth grade, who would hire the college graduates?”
  • Newton D. Baker
    Newton D. Baker
    “The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. graduatio promotion to a degree: cf. F. graduation division into degrees


In literature:

Back in the dormitory before the bulletin-board Miss Bonner, the graduate fellow, was staring at the new placard.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
The instructor in farming, a graduate of the Amherst Agricultural College, is both scientific and practical.
"American Missionary - Volume 50, No. 9, September, 1896" by Various
Was graduated from Fisk University.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 2, June, 1898" by Various
Mr. Proctor and Dr. Dubois are both graduates of Fisk University.
"The American Missionary - Volume 52, No. 3, September, 1898" by Various
There he stood on the north piazza, Pennock with him, and one or two others of the graduating class.
"Starlight Ranch" by Charles King
He is also a graduate of Wittenburg College, Springfield, Ohio, and Adrian College, Michigan.
"The Stephens Family" by Bascom Asbury Cecil Stephens
Of this four, three were in the graduating Normal class.
"The American Missionary -- Volume 48, No. 7, July, 1894" by Various
If her friends wish to see her graduate, they will be compelled to resort to something.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
Of the class of eighty-seven only thirty-nine were graduated.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
The graduating exercises at Miss Matilda Tolliver's were about to begin!
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers

In poetry:

A Solon ponders till his Years are great
On Sway of Power and Magnitude of State,
Then in his Age he leaves the Questions to
The Wisdom of the Sweet Girl Graduate.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
I checked out for the last time
on the first of May;
graduate of the mental cases,
with my analysts's okay,
my complete book of rhymes,
my typewriter and my suitcases.
"The Double Image" by Anne Sexton
A graduate you've just been made,
And lately passed the Mitred Head;
I trust, by the Blest Spirit, led,
And Shepherd's care:
And not a wolf, in sheepskin clad,
As numbers are.
"Epistle To A Young Clergyman" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Death would have found you brave, but braver still
You face each lagging day,
A merry Stoic, patient, chivalrous,
Divinely kind and gay.
You bear your knowledge lightly, graduate
Of unkind Fate.
"To A Soldier In Hospital" by Winifred Mary Letts
My swivel eye hungers from pose to pose —
In pigtails, clutching a reluctant cat;
Or furred yourself, a sweet girl-graduate;
Or lifting a heavy-headed rose
Beneath a trellis, or in a trilby-hat
"Lines On A Young Lady's Photograph Album" by Philip Larkin
It was a sweet girl-graduate, her years were thirty two;
Her brow was intellectual, her whole appearance blue;
Her dress was mediaeval, and, as if by way of charm,
Six volumes strapped together she was bearing 'neath her arm.
"Atheletes And Aesthesis" by E W Bowling

In news:

According to reports, half of all recent college graduates are finding themselves underemployed or jobless and the prospects for new graduates dim in a weak labor market.
A documentary director/producer with several international awards, Amy Hardie graduated from the National Film and Television School with the BP Expo award for best UK graduation film.
Brandon Lawson, 18, a 2012 Pequot Lakes High School graduate, graduated from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on Nov 2.
Bridget is a 2007 graduate of Little Falls Community High School and a 2011 graduate of Minnesota State University – Moorhead.
She is a 2008 graduate of Western High School and a 2010 graduate of Ivy Tech, Kokomo.
Sure, Harvard graduates make more money than graduates of just about any other college.
Alana P Chapin , a 2010 graduate of Whitney High School, has graduated from One Station Unit Training at Fort Leonard Wood in Waynesville, Mo.
He was a 1946 graduate of Hyattsville High School and a 1950 chemistry graduate of the University of Maryland.
Moskowitz attended Shamokin schools, and after graduating from Shamokin Area High School in 1976, he attended the University of Maryland and then the New York College of Chiropractic , graduating with a chiropractic degree in 1985.
After graduation from Gaylord High School, he attended and graduated from Kansas State University in 1941.
Seven pieces of advice to the graduates of 2012, from a broke, unsuccessful and underemployed graduate of 2011.
One graduate mentioned he wished he was graduating in December.
FARMINGTON – Official graduation rates have dropped significantly for Davis County high school students, though the number of students graduating didn't change at all.
That system puts Wisconsin's graduation rate at 87 percent, which might seem low at first, but that only includes graduates who have attended and completed high school in 4 years.
Warren graduated from Escanaba High School in 1968 and then attended and graduated from Northern Michigan University.

In science:

Costello is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
The Rank of Random Graphs
Representation theory of finite groups: Algebra and Arithmetic, volume 59 of Graduate Studies in Mathematics.
Generalized 2-vector spaces and general linear 2-groups
Topology and geometry, volume 139 of Graduate Texts in Mathematics.
Equivariant stratifold homology theories
Introduction to Lie Algebras and Representation Theory, volume 9 of Graduate Texts in Mathematics.
Isotropic random walks on affine buildings
Krylov, N. V., Lectures on El liptic and Parabolic Equations in H¨older Spaces, Graduate Studies in mathematics, Vol. 12, American Math.
Multiscale analysis of exit distributions for random walks in random environments