The University of the West Indies Cave Hill (UWI) announced it will award the fashion and beauty icon an honorary doctorate degree, according to UWI Open Campus’ website. The award is given to people who “have made outstanding regional or international contributions.”
The Grammy-award winning star, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Letters and two other individuals, “Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws, and Professor Ebenezer Oduru Owusu will receive an Honorary Doctor of Science.”
The ceremony is scheduled for October 20 at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados where Rihanna hails from.
Last year, Rihanna gave an uplifting speech after winning the Harvard Humanitarian Award. Rihanna was honored by the Harvard Foundation for building a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center and creating scholarship and educational programs for youth.
“So I made it to Harvard,” she said, smirking and stroking her long ponytail to screaming applause while wearing an off-the-shoulder grey dress with matching boots.
The singer reflected on being a young girl in Barbados, wishing for the opportunity to help poor children she would often see in commercials.
By 18 years old, Rihanna was a budding pop star in America and had already created her first charity foundation.
“You don’t have to be rich to be a humanitarian,” she told the crowd. “You don’t have to be rich to help somebody. You don’t have to be famous. You just do whatever you can to help in any way that you can.”
“You don’t even have to be college educated,” Fenty said, which got a reaction from the crowd when Rihanna suggested she still may consider getting a degree.
Dr. Rih Rih kinda has a ring to it!