​Harvard Names Rihanna 2017 Humanitarian of the Year

​Harvard Names Rihanna 2017 Humanitarian of the Year
Photo: Katie Stein
Following a birthday shoutout from Drake and a just-revealed guest spot on Future's HNDRXX, Rihanna has had another honour bestowed upon her this week. Proving that hard work work work work work deserves to be celebrated, Harvard University has named the singer their pick for 2017's Humanitarian of the Year.
 
Rihanna was selected based on an array of her charitable efforts over the last 12 months that include opening the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, which specializes in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and creating the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program for students from Caribbean countries studying in the United States.

She also lent her support to the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, an ongoing project that provides access to education in developing countries, with special priority given to girls.
 
The award — officially dubbed the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award — will be presented to Riri at a ceremony on the Cambridge, MA, campus on February 28. It's free to attend, but will be restricted to Harvard students with a valid ID (and presumably iron-willed determination to withstand frantic Rihanna fans).
 
We raise our bedazzled flasks to you, Riri.