(Note that the pronunciation below is not based on the International Phonetic Alphabet IPA. Only stress marks and syllable separation are provided.)
(This post was originally created during Obama’s inauguration)
the Capitol (n) (‘ca·pi·tol) – the location where Congress convenes. Note the difference between the name of this building and ‘the capital’ which is the city of the center of government
commencement (n) (co·’mence ·ment) – beginning. One may often see “commencement ceremony” to describe a graduation ceremony as it marks the beginning of advancement to higher education or into the professional world.
inauguration (n) (i ·,nau·gu·’ra·tion)
historic (adj) (hi·’stor·ic) – something of value or has significance in history (i.e. an historic election). Note the meaning difference between this word and ‘historical’ (adj). ‘Historical’ means from the past (i.e. an historical cultural relic, an historical costume).
president-elect (n) (’pre·si·dent·e·lect)
swearing-in (n) (,swea·ring·’in)
Republican (n, adj) (re·’pub·li·can)
Democrat (n) (’dem·o·crat); democratic (adj) (,dem·o·’crat·ic)
The swearing-in ceremony of the president of the United States marks the commencement of his term in office. The highlight of the ceremony involves the taking of an oath. The inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama will be an historic event as he will become the first African American president. Both Republicans and Democrats are expected to gather at the Capitol to witness this momentous event.
Note that ‘an historic’ and ‘a historic’ are both used in spoken English (American English speakers, especially, not sure about British English speakers). However, in writing, ‘a historic’ is preferred.