Rihanna Accepts Harvard's Humanitarian Award, "So... I Made it to Harvard."

Rihanna Accepts Harvard's Humanitarian Award, "So... I Made it to Harvard."

"You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

"You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

Text: Alice Ly

Harvard University has selected Rihanna for Humanitarian of the Year for her charitable work in promoting healthcare and education in the Caribbean. On Tuesday, the singer accepted the award in the most "Rihanna" and graceful fashion. Yes, it involves a hair flip.

"I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up, and I can get rich, I’m gonna save kids all over the world. I just didn’t know I would be in the position to do that by the time I was a teenager,” said Rihanna.

The 29-year-old singer recalls how watching donation commercials as a child inspired her to pursue charity work. In addition, Rihanna has funded a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine in her hometown, Bridgetown, Barbados, and the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship to aid the education costs for Caribbean students to attend university in the United States.

The Harvard Humanitarian Award is given annually to individuals who have done exceptional and outstanding humanitarian work. Previous honorees include Malala Yousafzai, Lionel Richie, and Ruby Dee. The award is given in the name of Plummer Professor and Minister in Harvard's Memorial Church, Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, and is authorized by the Dean of Harvard College and the President of Harvard University.

“All you need to do is help one person, expecting nothing in return. To me, that is a humanitarian." Rihanna continued,  "People make it seem way too hard, man. The truth is — and what the little girl watching those commercials didn’t know — is that you don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian, to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You don’t have to be college-educated.”

Skip to 1:14:00 to watch Rihanna's speech below.

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