Rihanna named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year


Harvard University named Rihanna 2017’s Humanitarian of the Year on Wednesday, recognizing the singer for working to improve cancer treatment in Barbados, where she was born, and for setting up a college scholarship to bring Caribbean students to study in the United States.

Rihanna is not the first musician to be awarded Harvard’s humanitarian honor. In 2011, it went to Lionel Richie. Other winners include U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, tennis star Arthur Ashe and the actor James Earl Jones. Last year, the award was given to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Rihanna will be on campus to accept her award on February 28th at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. Tickets to attend the ceremony are free, but a Harvard ID is required to obtain them.

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