Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna was honored by Harvard University on Tuesday, February 28 (US time) for her humanitarian efforts in her native country Barbados.
Unknown to many, the popstar has built a state-of-the-art oncology and nuclear medicine center to diagnose and treat breast cancer.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” said S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director.
During her speech, Rihanna, who was a high school dropout, said she was very happy to be at the Ivy League school.
“So I made it to Harvard…never thought I’d be able to say that in my life. But it feels good,” she said amidst cheers from the crowd.
She also added, “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 even be college-educated. I mean, I wish I was … especially today.”
Rihanna also made the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the US.
She also backs the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, an organization that provides access to education in 60 developing countries.