The concept at hand can be used in various circumstances to refer to various issues.
Act in which the completion of a study program is celebrated and a diploma is awarded to students who successfully completed the plan
One of the most widespread uses allows to designate that act or official ceremony in which the completion of a school year, a university career, among others, is formalized, in which students who have satisfactorily completed the study plan are recognized , and then they are deserving of receiving the academic title granted by the educational institution once the program is completed.
The act is characterized by the deployment of a series of formalities and rites, such as the black robes and the square black hat worn by future graduates, the delivery of diplomas and later the holding of a banquet or party.
The ceremony will be attended by professors, authorities of the institution, more relatives and friends of the graduates, meanwhile, the act is usually chaired and conducted by the rector of the institution.
As might be expected, graduation is one of the most important moments in a person's life as it means obtaining a degree, which has probably required a lot of effort and perseverance. A person can attend numerous graduation ceremonies throughout his life depending on the number of careers he undertakes. In general, the most emotional and heartfelt is the one that takes place at the end of secondary or higher studies because, in addition to representing the concrete completion of the course, they also symbolize the arrival into the adult world and the abandonment in a certain sense of adolescence.
Graduation is always carried out jointly with classmates of the same level, all attending together in a previously conditioned space with a specific day and time. Normally, the relatives of the graduate students can attend and after the delivery of the diplomas can proceed to different types of celebrations or ceremonies that may vary according to the country or the particular region.
The word graduation is related to the notion of grade or level. Thus, graduation is the culmination point in the escalation of levels towards the completion of a career or academic study. This is also why the term graduation is also used as an element to determine how graduated or level something can be (for example, what level of graduation or alcoholic level a drink has).
Military: hierarchies that determine the scale of command
On the other hand, in the military context, the word graduation refers to the hierarchical system that exists in this area and that establishes the scale of command in force in the armed forces and in other forces in charge of the security of a nation.
Graduation is represented by badges and stripes that are applied to officers' uniforms.
Proportion of alcohol present in alcoholic beverages
Another extended use of the term allows to designate the existing proportion of alcohol in wines, spirits and any other alcoholic beverage.
The alcoholic graduation of a drink expresses in degrees the number of volumes of alcohol in 100 volumes of the product in question and that is measured at a temperature of 20 °.
All alcoholic beverages that are marketed must indicate their alcoholic strength on the labels.
Not all alcoholic beverages have the same strength and so we can distinguish between fermented beverages and distilled beverages.
The former are characterized by the fact that microorganisms such as bacteria, molds, among others, intervene in their processing, with their graduation between 3.5 and 15%, wines, beers.
While the latter have a graduation of between 15 and 45%, such as: whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka, among others.
Climbing: graduation of difficulty, factors that complicate the ascent
And at the request of mountaineering, in climbing, which is an activity that involves ascending over steep walls, the factors or conditions that affect the complexity of the ascent are called as difficulty graduation and that the climbers will determine according to be the complexity of the route by which they are going to ascend.