:"This page is about candidates for degrees and humble petitioners; for information on the computing term see
A Supplicant, one who supplicates, is a term applied to humble petitioners, and in particular to
University of Oxfordstudents who have qualified but not yet been admitted into their degree.
Oxfordand Cambridge, students are presented during the degree ceremony with a form of words that begins with the Latinverb "supplicant". The Cambridge text is:
:"Supplicant reverentiis vestris viri mulieresque quorum nomina juxta senaculum in porticu proposuit hodie Registrarius nec delevit Procancellarius ut gradum quisque quem rite petivit assequantur."
:"Those men and women whose names the Registrary has today posted in the arcade beside the Senate-House and which the Vice-Chancellor has not deleted beg your reverences that they may proceed to the degree for which each has properly applied."
However, these students are referred to as graduands at Cambridge and most universities other than Oxford. There is certainly a need for such a word to describe qualified graduates and it seems possible that U.S. sources provided or resurrected "graduand" into current usage. The current online edition of the
Oxford English Dictionarylists graduand citing usage from 1882 and 1890 and etymological roots of the gerundive of the medieval Latin "graduare" "to graduate".
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