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The star of Marvel’s blockbuster hit “Black Panther” is giving this year’s commencement address at Howard University. Chadwick Boseman, a graduate of the historically black university, will address the class of 2018 during his alma mater’s 150th commencement ceremony next month.

According to the university’s press release, Boseman will deliver the keynote address and will also receive an honorary degree—a Doctor of Humane Letters. “I’m excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students,” Boseman, who played T’Challa/Black Panther in the biggest superhero film of all time, said in a statement. “Let’s listen, learn and build with one another.” The 40-year-old actor graduated from Howard University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing.

Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Howard University’s president, said it was an “honor and privilege” to have Boseman speak during the commencement ceremony, adding, “His recent role in the blockbuster film ‘Black Panther’ reminds us of the excellence found in the African diaspora and how Howard continues to be a gem that produces the next generation of artist-scholars, humanitarians, 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.”

In addition to “Black Panther,” Boseman has also had several other notable roles, including James Brown from “Get on Up,” Thurgood Marshall from “Marshall” and Jackie Robinson from “42.” He will address Howard University’s class of 2018 during the commencement ceremony on May 12.

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