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Wednesday, 1 March 2017

High school dropout Rihanna gets award from Harvard University, might go back to school

You don't have to have a college degree to help somebody, you don't have to be famous or rich either. That was what Rihanna told staff and students at Harvard University on Monday, Feb 27th, where she was invited and given the prestigious award as the humanitarian of the year by the ace university.
The 29 year old Rihanna who did not have the privilege of making it through high school (secondary school) also hinted that she might be going back to school to get herself a higher education degree. She admitted it felt good.
The award plaque was handed to her by Allen Counter, the Director of Harvard Foundation.

Her speech:
'So I made it to Harvard,' began the Grammy-winner, which caused a chorus of cheers from the crowd.
The pretty star then gave a matter-of-fact look, followed by a sassy hair flip.
'Never thought I'd be able to say that in my life. But if feels good.' she admitted.

'You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian,' she began.
'You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t gotta be famous. You don’t even have to be college-educated. I mean, I wish I was … especially today.'
According to PageSix, the audience laughed, and the singer, who did not graduate high school, followed up with a suggestion that she would consider returning to a higher education.
'It’s true, I might come back.'

DailyMail reports that the singer, who was born on the island of Barbados in the Caribbean, created an oncology center to help treat breast cancer at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, according to Harvard.
She also founded the non-profit, The Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program, to assist in funding Caribbean-born students who attend college in the U.S.
Rihanna also backs the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project.
The organization provides 'access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls, and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.'
Previous recipients of the award include actor James Earl Jones, tennis player Arthur Ashe, and activist Malala Yousafzai.

The award plaque was handed to her by Allen Counter, the Director of Harvard Foundation.

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