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A RECORD FOR RICKS - 2,599 DIPLOMAS AWARDED

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Ricks College graduated its largest class ever Saturday.

Some 2,599 diplomas, 300 more than last year were awarded at Saturday's ceremony.Overall enrollment isn't increasing. Graduates increased this year because more students are staying and completing their associate degrees.

President James E. Faust, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, charged the graduates to join a "new spiritual aristocracy" and battle the "steady, creeping moral dry rot" that is destroying America and many other countries.

President Faust, in his keynote address, also urged the male graduates to marry and provide for their families. Women, he said, may study. Some may even work out of necessity. But women's true calling is to have children and run an "eternal household."

Idaho students constituted the largest number of graduates with 966, followed by Utah with 411, California with 221 and Washington with 184.