US rapper Pharrell Williams promises internships to over 100 high school graduates in Harlem

Grammy Award-winning artist Pharrell Williams surprised over 100 high school graduates in the New York borough of Harlem, after promising every student with a summer internship during his commencement speech.

The 'Happy' singer, 46, made the announcement to 114 students from Harlem Children's Zone Promise Academies I and II as the ceremony's keynote speaker. He received a standing ovation from the Class of 2019 - who have all been accepted into college. 

"Let me be clear: Every member of the 2019 graduating class is guaranteed an internship waiting for them next summer," Pharrell declared.

"We are in the midst of the new Harlem Renaissance with education at its core," Pharrell captioned a group shot of himself with the charter school students on his Facebook. 

The Harlem Children's Zone says its goal is to help students receive college admission and subsequently "end the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem," CBS News reports.

The rapper, singer, record producer and entrepreneur is a known philanthropist. Earlier this year Pharrell partnered with Verizon, an American telecommunications conglomerate, to launch a technology-focused curriculum in lower socio-economic middle schools.

In May, American billionaire Robert F. Smith promised in his commencement speech to pay off the student debt of the entire graduating class of Morehouse College.


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