Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther fame actor inspired the Howard University graduates to use their education in order to make this world a harmonious place. He applauded the graduates who protested last year to raise issues such as housing for students, acting on sexual assault, limiting tuition fees hikes, and disarm police officers on-campus, revealing that he also once protested against the university while he was a student there. Boseman had graduated from the university back in 2000 with a degree in Fine Arts.
While appreciating the students for on-campus activism the Wakanda King said, "You love the university enough to struggle with it. Now you have to continue to do that, he continued in his commencement speech. "Everything that you fought for was not for yourself. It was for those who come after."
Boseman talked about his first TV role, where he played a black young man who was pulled into the world of violence. "I was conflicted because this role seemed to be wrapped up in assumptions about us as black folk. The writing failed to search for specificity. Plus, there was barely a glimpse of positivity or talent in the character — barely a glimpse of hope," the actor commented. On expressing his concern about the stereotypical character that he was playing, Chadwick was fired.
"What do you do when the principles and standards that were instilled in you here at Howard close the doors in front of you? Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is. And how you need to fight it," he said while encouraging the students. "The fact you have struggled with this university you've loved is a sign you can use your education to improve the world you are entering," he said. The actor ended his speech with a Wakanda salute saying, "Howard forever".