By Edward Cardenas

SOUTHFIELD (CBS Detroit) – U.S. Sen Carl Levin, D-MI, will be the first recipient of Lawrence Technological University’s Global Citizen Award which will be presented by Lawrence Technological University when the new academic year starts in a few weeks.

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Levin will receive the award at the university’s annual convocation ceremony for new students and their families on Aug. 24 in the Ridler Field House.

The Global Citizen Award was established by Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil “to recognize individuals who have shown great character and leadership in addressing global issues and promoting international and social understanding,” according to the university.

“Senator Levin’s contribution to global citizenship will be a lasting memory and a testament to many who follow his exemplary leadership,” said Moudgil, in a release. “We at LTU are proud to be among the first to recognize such a rich tradition of global understanding and cultural awareness.”

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The Global Citizen Award will be given annually by the university “to a person who demonstrates the passion and energy to make a positive impact on humanity through collaborative enterprise and spirit.”

The award will also mark the conclusion of the annual President’s Global Village Project for LTU students, which helps prepare students to be global citizens with awareness and knowledge of cultural, social, financial and political similarities and differences among nations and within the U.S.

“We are celebrating Senator Levin’s lifetime of service as a global leader. He has dedicated his entire public life to safeguard the rights of U.S. citizens, providing opportunities for economic growth and productive life while upholding the place of the U.S. as the leader of the free world,” Moudgil said. “Senator Levin’s accomplishments as a public servant, unquestionable personal integrity and his contributions to world peace and global citizenship will inspire generations to commit to public good.”

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Levin is retiring when his term ends in Jan. 2105 after serving 36 years in the U.S. Senate.