Word of The Day for Monday, June 27, 2011


grad•u•and (GRAJ-oo-and)  n

a student who is about to graduate or receive a degree
1882, from M.L. graduandus, gerundive of graduari "to take a degree," from L. gradus "step, grade", from PIE *ghredh-

Related Words: graduate; grade, degree, progression, congress

Sentence Examples:
• It was from the 'hopeful gatherings', to a large extent rehearsals for the following stage, that the graduands set forth to meet the chief examiner and to perform the ceremony of gratitude. - State and court ritual in China, Joseph Peter McDermott

• According to the 1545 statutes, the graduand at the Studio pisano had to swear in the hands of the prior of the college that he had studued for five years in the faculty in which he sought his degree. - Culture and power: Tuscany and its universities 1537-1609, Jonathan Davies

• The degrees which Oxford and Cambridge conferred in Grammar did not involve residence or entitle the recipients to a vote in Convocation; but the conferment was accompanied by ceremonies which were almost parodies of the solemn proceedings of graduation or inception in a recognised Faculty, a birch taking the place of a book as a symbol of the power and authority entrusted to the graduand. - Medieval University, Robert S. Rait

Sources: Dictionary.com, Online Etymology

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