Rihanna was honored as Harvard University’s “Humanitarian of the Year” Tuesday, February 28th, for her charitable efforts. The Barbadian singer, actress, and philanthropist began helping the less fortunate at age 18 with her Believe Foundation, which supports terminally ill children.
“It is for these philanthropic initiatives, and other acts of compassionate sharing, that the students and faculty of the Harvard Foundation chose to honor Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award,” said the directory of Harvard.
One student from another college stepped on stage to deliver a speech about Rihanna and some of her accomplishments. In the student’s short few minutes of talking, she mentions how Rihanna has a cancer diagnosis treatment center at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The student highlights the importance of Rihanna’s new facilities by telling a short story about a woman who lost her baby because she could not reached the larger health center that she had needed at that time.
After receiving her award from the dean of Harvard, Rihanna jokingly announced she had finally made it to Harvard, which earned a few laughs from the crowd. She later mentioned how humble she was to be recognized for things she truly never wanted credit for.
“Our mission is to impact as many lives as possible but it starts with just one,” Rihanna stressed before thanking Harvard and her fans once more for the honorable recognition.