During his speech, Boseman advised the students to pursue life with objective and to speak and fight for justice and equality. In the end, the university agreed to a series of demands, including a re-examination of on-campus housing policies, the board agreeing to consider freezing undergraduate tuition rates, and the formation of a task force to address issues of sexual assault and harassment.
This year, students held protests over the financial aid scandal in which several employees misused student finances. After graduating from Howard, Boseman attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.
Also, as he called his alma mater a "magical place", he added that is "a place where the dynamics of positive and negative seem to exist in extremes". "Students, in some ways, what you were able to do exemplifies some of the skills you learned in the classroom", he continued. Everything that you fought for was not for yourself.
"Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalization", he said. "You can use your education to improve the world that you are entering".
Boseman also spoke about feeling "conflicted" early in his acting career when a soap opera cast him as a gang member - in a role he said was "wrapped up in assumptions about us as black folk".
"The questions I asked that day put the producers on guard and perhaps paved the way for a less stereotypical portrayal for the black actor who stepped into the role after me", he said.
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Today, having stood against the stereotyping of black characters in film, Boseman has played Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get On Up, Thurgood Marshall in Marshall and T'Challa in Black Panther.
Ending his speech, Boseman told the graduates not only to excel but also to strive to achieve their life's objective no matter what path they take.
"The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your objective", Boseman said, CNN reported. "Press on with pride and press on with objective".
Quoting Black Panther, he said "Now, this your time".