Lawrence Tech University postpones commencement, moves online for spring semester

Posted at 7:39 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 07:52:59-04

(WXYZ) — Lawrence Technological University is the latest school to postpone its commencement.

According to a release from school officials, LTU has pushed back its May 9 commencement ceremony to December.

The university will also move the remainder of its spring 2020 semester to online learning.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil informed students, faculty and staff of the decision Tuesday night.

Your campus leadership is meeting and talking daily to manage the University’s response. We are following guidance from local, state, and federal public health agencies with one goal: to keep Lawrence Tech students, faculty, staff, and guests safe and healthy. We are also pledged to assure that you complete the Spring Semester with as few obstacles as possible, even though this may require altering ‘business as usual’ and completing requirements in new and sometimes innovative ways.”

MLive reported that Eastern Michigan University also decided to postpone its commencement – and so did Michigan State University, according to AP.

The actions affecting LTU’s Southfield campus and its Detroit Center for Design and Technology are as follows:

  • All in person, face-to-face instruction is being replaced by online instruction through the end of the semester May 15.
  • All courses currently delivered online will continue as scheduled.
  • Students residing in campus housing are asked to return home by Sunday, March 22. Students with internet connection issues at home may work out individual issues with professors. All LTU undergraduate students are already provided with state-of-the-art laptops loaded with all software required for their courses as part of their tuition.
  • The May 9 Commencement will be postponed until December. “We sincerely regret the unprecedented need to postpone this ceremony that celebrates such an important life accomplishment,” Moudgil said in the email. “However, for the safety and health of our graduates and guests, we are following the guidelines of health officials who warn against large gatherings in that time frame.”