Howard University announced Wednesday that Chadwick Boseman will be the commencement speaker at graduation this spring.
Boseman, who starred in the mega-hit “Black Panther,” is a graduate from Howard.
In a statement released by the university, Boseman said “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students… Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.”
In the same statement, Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick said:
It is an incredible honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome back home one of its native sons, Chadwick Boseman, 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.
Commencement is set for Saturday, May 12.