Howard University announced this week that it has named its reestablished College of Fine Arts after the late actor Chadwick Boseman, a Howard alum, NPR reported.
Boseman was the school’s commencement speaker in 2018. He suffered from colon cancer and died last August at the age of 43.
In a statement Wednesday, Boseman’s family said: “Chad, you exemplify Howard’s core values of excellence, leadership, service, and truth. There is no one more deserving of such an honor.”
After Boseman’s death, a petition to name the school after Boseman garnered more than 58,000 signatures.
The family thanked The Walt Disney Company – which distributed Marvel Studios film, “Black Panther” – and chairman, Robert Iger, who will lead the school’s fundraising for a new facility and endowment. Earlier this month, Howard announced that actress and director Phylicia Rashad, who is also an alum, will lead the College of Fine Arts as its new dean.