'Black Panther' star to deliver Howard University's 2018 Commencement address

Posted at 7:19 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-18 20:24:13-04

Howard University announced that 'Black Panther' star and alumnus Chadwick Boseman will deliver the 2018 Commencement address.

“I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” said Boseman.

In a statement from Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, he is honored to welcome Boseman back to his alma mater to deliver the 2018 commencement address.

“He has played some of the most iconic African Americans that have transformed history, including Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Howard’s own Thurgood Marshall. His recent role in the blockbuster film "Black Panther" reminds us of the excellence found in the African diaspora and how places like Howard are hidden, untapped gems producing the next generation of scientists, engineers, and doctors. Mr. Boseman exemplifies the monumental heights and levels Howard graduates can achieve by using the skills and knowledge they acquired at the university.” 

Boseman, known for his role as T'Challa, in Marvel's recent film 'Black Panther' graduated from Howard University before attending the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, and beginning his career as an actor, writer, and director.

Howard University's 150th Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12.