It’s been five years since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s life was stolen from him after he was gunned down while walking home from the convenience store by George Zimmerman, who was eventually acquitted of murder charges in his death. The case sparked national outrage and Trayvon, though gone, has never been forgotten. And now, this month, the Florida Memorial University is planning to honor Trayvon’s lifelong dream of becoming a pilot by posthumously awarding Trayvon, who would be 22 if he were alive, with a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science during its annual spring commencement ceremony May 13.
According to the HBCU Digest, officials also say that the degree is meant to continue highlighting the family’s commitment to social justice. Trayvon’s parents—Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, who have both become powerful voices in the social-justice movement since their son’s death—are also co-founders of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which has its home on the FMU campus.
“As we approach 50 years in Miami Gardens, this commencement holds a special place in all of our hearts. This academic year is symbolic of the transformative changes that we continue to make to our academic programs that extend to benefit the community, such as our cybersecurity degree program and Cyber Warrior Diversity center that offers certificates to local residents and professionals,” Florida Memorial President Roslyn Clark Artis said, according to the news site. “Of special significance is awarding posthumously the Bachelor of Science degree in aviation to Trayvon Martin. Sybrina, our alum, epitomizes strength and dignity as she uplifts other victims of violence while effecting change for a more equal and just society.”
Read more at HBCU Digest.