Trayvon Martin To Receive Posthumous Bachelor's Degree From Florida Memorial University

By Isha Thorpe

May 4, 2017

Almost five years after Trayvon Martin's life was taken away from him, Florida Memorial University is honoring the young man, who would've been 22 years old today, with a Bachelor’s of Aeronautical Science degree.

According to, school officials are giving Trayvon this degree to pay tribute to his aspirations to become an airplane pilot one day. The school also says the honor will also continue "to highlight the family’s commitment to social justice."

Both of Martin's parents will receive the degree on Trayvon's behalf. They're both co-founders of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which is based on Florida Memorial University's 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. “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.”

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