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- n. the day on which university degrees are conferred
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The great object of display on commencement day was not the graduates or their speeches, but a fourth of July oration, delivered by the General, who had been chosen by the vote of the whole body of students, preps and all, for free suffrage then prevailed, and a prep's vote was as good as any body's.