Re: Graduated... or graduated from?

Subject: Re: Graduated... or graduated from?
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 00:44:44 -0500

Generally, it appears to me that "graduated" is more an East Coast
use, "graduated from" seems to be more Midwestern. In the West, there
seems to be more of a mixture of the two...perhaps depending upon the
origin of the user?

I was born in Ohio, and moved to Texas at 12...but it was much later
that I began to notice the "graduated" form especially from New
Yorkers. Later, I lived for some years in the Los Angeles area and
noticed the mixture, while the majority seemed to use "graduated" when
I was in Florida.

The American Heritage Book of English Usage, 1996, though, comes down
clearly on the "graduaged from" construction. After stating that
eighty-seven percent went with "graduated from" as being proper, they

" The Usage Panel feels quite differently about the use of graduate
to mean "to receive a degree from," as in She graduated Yale in 1980.
Seventy-seven percent object to this usage."

Just as with much else in our changing language, this is open to
considerable debate--or so I'd imagine.


On 6/26/05, Phillip St. James <saint0 -at- verizon -dot- net> wrote:
> Is this simply a matter of taste and style?
> What is the proper spoken usage of the verb graduate in US English? Why is
> there such a disparity here ? Does anyone know for sure?
> TIA,


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