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Is Rihanna Going to Harvard?

01 Mar 2017

The singer has expressed her desire to attend university

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Is college graduate next on Rihanna's endless list of accomplishments?

The Grammy Award winning singer received the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award at Harvard University on Tuesday, and said some interesting things during her acceptance speech.

She started by highlighting the benefits of charity and philanthropy. “You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian," she said during her speech, according to PageSix. "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."

That last statement had the crowd clutching their sides, according to a source. She then spoke about her lack of a college degree.

"I mean, I wish I was (college educated) … especially today," she insisted, "It’s true, I might come back (to school).”

The Diamonds singer has donated quite a significant amount of her wealth to charity. She donated almost $2 million (Dhs 7.3 million) to the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados in 2012 in honour of her late grandmother.

She also created the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship programme, which awards students from the Caribbean who attend university in the U.S. with scholarships. In addition to this, she has been hosting her annual Diamond Ball fundraising event since 2014, raising more than $5 million (Dhs 18 million).

“When I was five or six years old, I remember watching TV and I would see these commercials and I was watching other children suffer in other parts of the world,” she said.

"I would think to myself... I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all of the kids in Africa and I would say to myself, ‘When I grow up and get rich, I’m going to save kids all over the world'. I just didn’t know I’d be in the position to do that when I was a teenager."

RiRi’s got a heart of gold, wouldn’t you agree?