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LTU welcomes largest freshman class in a generation at Convocation 2022

Release Date: August 18, 2022

Hundreds of LTU students gathered on the University Quadrangle Thursday night for Convocation 2022.
LTU photo / Matt Roush.

SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University welcomed what admissions officials said was the largest incoming freshman class in a generation in a Convocation ceremony Thursday evening.

More than 450 incoming first-year students and their families gathered on the University Quadrangle for presentations from LTU President Tarek M. Sobh and other s as they begin their experience in higher education.

Sobh congratulated the new students on their choice of LTU. He noted that over the past 90 years, enterprises established by LTU alumni “have provided a livelihood for millions of people across the country and around the world.” He also pointed to several college rankings and surveys showing LTU graduates can look forward to ample career opportunities and rewarding salaries. “We prepare students for jobs that haven’t been created yet,” Sobh said.

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Guest speaker Sean English

Guest speaker Sean English, the son of a long-time LTU staff member, inspired the crowd with the story of his recovery from a horrific 2017 traffic wreck when, acting as a Good Samaritan to injured motorists, he was struck by an impaired driver and lost part of his leg. English called “everything will be fine … one of the biggest lies that has ever been told.” But he said that with help and perseverance , “it’ll be OK, and it’s OK to not be OK.”

LTU Student Government President JuJuan Jones also urged the new students to get involved in LTU student activities, and to adopt the attitude that “’no’ can mean ‘not yet.’”

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, doctoral universities in the United States. Located in Southfield, Mich., LTU was founded in 1932, and offers more than 100 programs through its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering, and Specs@LTU. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for alumni salaries. Forbes and The Wall Street Journal rank LTU among the nation’s top 10 percent. U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of “Best in the Midwest” colleges. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include over 75 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.


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