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Christmas graduate

A college or university student who discontinues their education after the end of the first term (i.e., around Christmastime). Primarily heard in US, South Africa. While I firmly believe in the importance of continued education, there are always a few Christmas graduates each year for whom college is just not well suited.
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graduate from (something)

1. To complete one's studies in a particular school or program. I can't believe we're about to graduate from college—how did four years go by that quickly? I graduate from my doctoral program in May.
2. To advance to a higher rank. At the end of the summer, I'll graduate from being a junior counselor to being a regular camp counselor.
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graduate in (something)

To complete one's studies in a particular subject. It took six years, but I finally graduated in biology.
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graduate with (something)

To complete one's studies in a particular school or program, resulting in the awarding of a particular degree or status. It took six years, but I finally graduated with a degree in biology. Of course Haley graduated with highest honors—she's always been a great student.
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graduate (in something) (with something)

to earn a degree in some subject with honors, etc. I graduated in math with highest honors. Sharon graduated with honors in medicine.

graduate (in something) (with something)

to earn a degree in some subject with honors, etc. I graduated in math with highest honors. Sharon graduated with honors in medicine.

graduate from

v.
1. To move up from one position, rank, or level, to a higher one: That year, the athletes graduated from amateur to professional status in the competition.
2. To complete the academic requirements of some institution, usually receiving an academic degree: I graduated from college with a degree in history.
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graduate in

v.
To complete the requirements of an institution and receive an academic degree in some subject: I graduated in mathematics from the local community college.
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graduate with

v.
To complete the academic requirements of an institution for something, especially a degree or an honor: I graduated with a degree in mathematics. Few students graduated with honors this year.
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graduate

(ˈgrædʒuət)
1. n. a person experienced in life, especially sexually experienced. Britney is a graduate. Nothing is new to her.
2. (ˈgrædʒuet) in. to move from casual drug use to addiction. (Drugs.) Gert graduated to smack after only a year of skin-popping.
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Kathleen Richards graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies
The analysis of school and district records of 451 eighth-grade students scheduled to enter high school in August 1993 indicate that 192 students graduated as scheduled with their cohort (Hayes, 2002).
In addition, most lenders also offer extended payment, income-sensitive, and graduated payment plans.
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