Harvard University honored Grammy Award-winning singer Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.
The university says it chose Rihanna for her involvement in a number of charitable causes including building a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation, Barbados.
"So I made it to Harvard," said Rihanna "Never thought I'd be able to say that in my life. But it feels good."
Rihanna said that when she was a young girl watching commercials about how a quarter could help save a child's life, "I would think to myself, 'I wonder how many 25 cents I could save up to save all the kids in Africa.' And I would say to myself, 'When I grow up and I get rich, I'm gonna save kids all over the world.' I just didn't know I would be in a position to do that by the time I was a teenager,"