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University of Arkansas bachelor's degrees drop in '17

Unusually small freshman class 4 years ago cited for decline

By Jaime Adame

This article was originally published July 29, 2017 at 2:45 a.m. Updated July 29, 2017 at 2:45 a.m.

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Eli Leslie (right) of Van Buren waves to family Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, before the start of commencement exercises at the University of Arkansas. Fall commencement returned in 2011 and has grown to about 1,200 students, requiring the move to Bud Walton Arena.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Fewer bachelor's degrees were awarded by the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the 2016-17 academic year than a year earlier, with a university spokesman describing an earlier dip in first-year student enrollment as the main reason for the decline.

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