RIHANNA is set to receive another top accolade to add to her résumé. The Pop star will receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters from The University of the West Indies (UWI), the institution has announced. The “Diamond” singer will be honored during a ceremony scheduled for Oct. 20 at the Cave Hill Campus in her native Barbados.
UWI Open Campus issued a statement saying that Rihanna, whose given name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, would receive the award along with newly installed President of the Caribbean Court of Justice Adrian Daudley Saunders who will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws and Professor Ebenezer Qudru Owusu, an Honorary Doctor of Science.
As the largest higher education provider in the Caribbean, UWI awards honorary degrees to leaders in the arts, sciences, and other fields of intellectual endeavor, as well as to those who have made outstanding regional or international contributions.
This is not Rihanna’s first honor from an academic institution. Last year, the 30-year-old entertainer received Harvard’s prestigious Humanitarian of the Year award for her philanthropic work through her Clara Lionel Foundation.
“I’m incredibly humbled by this,” she said while accepting the award.
“To be acknowledged at this magnitude, for something that, in truth, I’ve never wanted credit for,” she added.
Rihanna recently revealed that she is working on a Dancehall album that explores her Caribbean roots, and has over 500 songs to choose from with collaborators including R. City, Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Kranium, and Supa Dups.