Significantly more students are projected to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith this fall than last fall.

Georgia Hale, UAFS provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, gave a graduation report during the UAFS Board of Visitors meeting Wednesday. She compared the preliminary graduation numbers for the fall 2017 semester to the official graduation numbers for the fall 2016 semester.

"... These are preliminary numbers because not all the students passed exams," Hale said. "I'd like to say that every one of them will, but that doesn't happen most semesters. ..."

Hale said there are 359 baccalaureate students projected to graduate from UAFS this fall compared to the 338 that graduated last fall. Some 128 students are expected to graduate this semester with associate degrees while only 100 graduated with the same degree last fall. 

Sixty students are projected to graduate with technical certificates from the university this fall. Only 14 did so last fall. In terms of students graduating with certificates of proficiency, 119 students will earn that honor this year as opposed to the 54 who did in fall 2016. Additionally, one person will graduate with a master's degree this fall, with none doing so last fall.

"So our totals are 667 students total graduating this fall if everybody passes compared to 506 last fall, which is a 32 percent increase over last fall," Hale said.

The fall commencement ceremony will take place Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Stubblefield Center at UAFS, Hale said. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.