Clinton received an honorary doctor of laws degree for his work in public service while president and for his founding of the William J. Clinton Foundation -- which address international concerns like the AIDS pandemic and global warming -- The Detroit Free Press reported.
At the Saturday ceremony, where about 5,000 students received their degrees, Clinton urged graduates to use their education to make the world a better place "with more partners and fewer adversaries."
He urged students engaged in public service to continue their endeavors after graduation.
Some students wore orange and maroon ribbons in memory of those who were killed April 16 in a massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech University.
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