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'Black Panther' star Chadwick Boseman to deliver commencement address at Howard University

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman, a cast member in "Black Panther," poses at the premiere of the film at The Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The language of Wakanda in “Black Panther” is very much real, including the “click” sounds that are making audiences murmur, impressed. That’s thanks to South African actor and cast member John Kani, who introduced the idea of using it with his onscreen son, Chadwick Boseman. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Chadwick Boseman, actor and star of one of Marvel's top-grossing films "Black Panther," will deliver this year's keynote address at Howard University during the school's 150th Commencement Ceremony.

On Wednesday, the university's president, Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick made the announcement.

According to a press release, Boseman will address members of the Class of 2018 and their families, university trustees, officers, faculty, staff and alumni on Saturday, May 12. He will then receive an honorary degree from the university — the university's highest honor — a Doctorate of Humane Letters.

“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,” Frederick said in a statement.

Boseman graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Directing. He later went on to attend the British American Dramatic Academy in Oxford, England.

“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.”



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