Rihanna went to Harvard and totally slayed!
The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations honored the Barbadian singer on Tuesday, with the 2017 Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award.
“So I made it to Harvard,” Rihanna jokingly said in her acceptance speech. “Never thought I'd be able to say that in my life, but it feels good.”
Riri’s huge honor comes after her major involvement with a number of charitable causes.
The singer built a center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home country of Barbados. She is also the creator of the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program, which provides scholarships for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the United States.
Rihanna additionally supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen project that provides children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries!
“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return,” Rihanna explained in her speech. “To me, that is a humanitarian…You don't have to be rich to be a humanitarian, you don't have to be rich to help somebody. You don't have to be famous, you don't even have to be college educated. But it starts with your neighbor... you just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”
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