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Commencement

Post by Stevenloan » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:54 pm

"Bradley Cooper had to miss his graduation commencement to film "Wet Hot American Summer" (2001).

Hi everyone! Between "graduation commencement" and "graduation ceremony", which one is more commonly used?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Commencement

Post by Ken Greenwald » Sat Dec 22, 2018 5:30 pm

Steven,

A Google search produced the following number of hits:

1) graduation commencement – 174,000

2) graduation ceremony – 10,100,000

3) graduation commencement ceremony – 26,700 (Note that 3 is contained in 1)

So “graduation ceremony” is the winner by a wide margin!
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Post by trolley » Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:18 pm

I’ve heard “graduation ceremony” and “commencement ceremony” but I don’t think I’ve ever heard “graduation commencement”
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Re: Commencement

Post by BonnieL » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:05 am

trolley wrote:
Sat Dec 22, 2018 8:18 pm
I’ve heard “graduation ceremony” and “commencement ceremony” but I don’t think I’ve ever heard “graduation commencement”
Me neither. Aren't they the same thing?
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Post by trolley » Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:22 am

I always used them as the same thing. Commencement and graduation are different names for the same event...maybe from the idea of moving forward...of beginning.
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Post by Rufus Miles » Sun Dec 23, 2018 9:10 am

in any case "commencement" is a pompous word, to be avoided if possible
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Re: Commencement

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Dec 23, 2018 2:40 pm

Ken Greenwald, trolley, BonnieL and Rufus Miles : Thank you all so so much for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Post by Bobinwales » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:24 pm

I have never heard of a "commencement". Is this something that only happens in the USA?
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:44 pm

Bobinwales wrote:
Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:24 pm
I have never heard of a "commencement". Is this something that only happens in the USA?
As far as I know, this term is used chiefly in North America (i.e. also including Canada). The allusion is to the beginning of the new graduate's life as a full adult.
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Post by trolley » Mon Dec 24, 2018 12:35 am

...and that surprises me because I'd always just assumed that "commencement" was a British usage.It sounds a little more proper...or pompous, depending on your point of view.
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