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“Black Panther” star, Chadwick Boseman, is set to return to his alma mater of Howard University to deliver the keynote address for its 150th commencement ceremony. “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,” said Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick in a statement released by the university on Wednesday.
“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.”
“It is an incredible honor and privilege for the Howard University community to welcome back home one of its native sons, @ChadwickBoseman, to deliver the 2018 commencement address,” said Howard University President @HUPrez17. #HowardForward https://t.co/KKWadtSTXr pic.twitter.com/aOQ2zmxQLH
— Howard University (@HowardU) April 18, 2018advertisement
After graduating from Howard in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing, Boseman went on to study acting at the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford. This marked the beginning of his career as a writer, actor and director. He then later landed his breakout role of baseball legend, Jackie Robinson, in 2013. On April 27, he will reprise his latest (and legendary) role, Black Panther, in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” said Boseman. “Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.”
Howard University’s 2018 commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12.