Definition of graduand in English:



  • A person who is about to receive an academic degree.

    ‘the ceremony starts with the presentation of one or more honorary graduands’
    • ‘A sight-impaired graduand and his wife (also graduating) processed with the man's guide dog, which was wearing a BA hood threaded through its harness.’
    • ‘He appealed to graduands to go out and ‘honour your pathfinders’ by enhancing the culture of democracy.’
    • ‘During the ceremony, she told graduands: ‘You can have dreams and goals and you can achieve them.’’
    • ‘Wednesday, 9: 45 a.m. Faculty of Arts graduands receive their degrees in a ceremony in the Convocation Mall.’
    • ‘‘I am delighted that we have such an impressive array of honorary graduands lined up for next year's degree ceremonies.’’
    • ‘In fact the University awarded him an honorary D.Sc. degree and in so doing he became the first honorary graduand of the University of the Cape.’
    • ‘I was privileged yesterday to be the guest of honour at the Victoria University graduation ceremony for commerce graduands.’
    • ‘So to all of my fellow graduands, good luck - not just in mounting the dais without falling over, but in all of your endeavours.’
    • ‘At a recent graduation ceremony I attended at Monash, the Dean of Arts told the assembled graduands that their newly awarded degree only had a short shelf life and would need to be updated through further study within a few years.’
    • ‘Every other department that issued invitations offered sherry and nibbles to graduands and parents.’
    • ‘Faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered in the sunshine to celebrate graduands ' achievements with bouquets, photographs, smiles, hugs, and lots of applause.’


Late 19th century: from medieval Latin graduandus, gerundive of graduare take a degree (see graduate).