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This image released by Disney shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from Marvel Studios' "Black Panther." “Black Panther” is king of the U.S. box office for the third straight weekend. Studio estimates Sunday, March 4, 2018, say the Marvel movie brought in $65 million in the U.S. this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish.” (Matt Kennedy/Marvel Studios-Disney via AP)

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


by Erin Danielle Jones/ABC7

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — 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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