LTU to honor WW’s Florine Mark with honorary degree at Fall Commencement

SOUTHFIELD—More than 160 Lawrence Technological University students will become LTU’s newest alumni at the University’s Fall Commencement Saturday, Dec. 3.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. at LTU’s Don Ridler Field House (building 15 at

The Commencement speaker is Florine Mark, who made her mark in business by becoming the largest franchisee of Weight Watchers International. Before selling her franchises back to WW, Mark was the largest franchisee of the company, employing more than 4,000 people and promoting healthy nutritional habits throughout the United States, and in Canada and Mexico as well. Today, Mark is a sought-after motivational speaker, author, podcast host, and tireless community volunteer.

During Commencement, LTU will present Mark with a Doctor of Business Administration degree, honoris causa.

Also during the ceremony, LTU will bestow its highest alumni honor, the Alumni Achievement Award, upon Saundra Little, partner and director of diversity and inclusion at the Detroit architectural firm Quinn Evans. Little earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from LTU in 1994 and a Master of Architecture in 1998. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and Midwest vice president of the National Association of Minority Architects.

The event will also feature remarks from LTU President Tarek M. Sobh; Kevin Finn, vice president for philanthropy and alumni engagement; and Doug Riddell, a board member of the LTU Alumni Association.

Lawrence Technological University is one of only 13 private, technological, comprehensive 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. 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 more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.