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Bright like a diamond: Harvard honors Rihanna's philanthropy

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Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy.

Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Grammy Award-winning singer was honored Tuesday as Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.

Singer Rihanna, left, is presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award by Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, right, during ceremonies at the school, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna, left, is presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award by Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, right, during ceremonies at the school, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The university says it chose Rihanna for her involvement in a number of charitable causes. She built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados.

Singer Rihanna approaches a podium to be presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna approaches a podium to be presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rihanna received a standing ovation as she accepted the award. She joked about finally making it to Harvard and struck a pose as the crowd erupted in cheers.

Singer Rihanna holds flowers and waves as she steps off stage after she was presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna holds flowers and waves as she steps off stage after she was presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rihanna also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, providing children with access to education in developing countries.

Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) © The Associated Press Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

She also created the Clara Lionel Foundation scholarship program for students from the Caribbean who attend college in the U.S.

Honoree Rihanna reacts during ceremonies for the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award at Harvard University, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Honoree Rihanna reacts during ceremonies for the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award at Harvard University, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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