Synonyms of 'commencement'

a, alpha, beginning, birth, blast-off, celebration, conception, convocation, creation, dawn, derivation, edge, establishment, exercise, flying start, formal, formality, foundation, function, Genesis, graduation, head, inception, initiation, institution, jump-off, leading edge, liturgy, mummery, observance, office, oncoming, onset, origin, original, outbreak, outset, performance, provenience, radical, radix, rise, rite, ritual, root, running start, send-off, service, solemnity, source, start, stem, Stock, taproot, inaugural, ceremony, ceremonial, opening