‘Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman to Deliver 2018 Commencement Address at his Alma Mater, Howard University

Howard University has announced that famous alum Chadwick Boseman will return to his alma mater as this year’s commencement speaker for their upcoming graduation ceremony on May 12th. The actor, who graduated from Howard’s theater program with a BFA in 2000, will reportedly also be presented with the historically black university’s highest honor – an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Boseman has since gone on to have an ever burgeoning film career, starring in biopics portraying several black icons, namely, Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and fellow Howard graduate Thurgood Marshall. Most recently, Boseman starred as the titular character in Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The first major black superhero movie was wildly popular and an instant success, just now coming off a spectacular run in theaters which saw it break multiple box office records to become the current highest-grossing superhero movie in U.S. history and the third highest-grossing movie of all time in the U.S. period.

Read the official statement from Howard President Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick below:

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.

Howard University is currently embroiled in the fallout from a financial aid scandal which saw at least six employees get fired after an internal investigation found the financial aid office had misappropriated some $369,000 in university-based grants. Tyrone Hankerson Jr., the student at the center of the University’s financial aid mismanagement scandal, has made plans to sue the university for $10 million for leaking his financial records. Hopefully, Mr. Boseman’s speech to the graduating class of 2018 will inspire both staff and students to the higher ideals of excellence and integrity depicted in the leadership of Black Panther‘s Wakanda.

– Dante Spellman