If Trayvon Martin were alive today, he might be graduating from college around now. Instead, it’s been more than five years since he died and his family never even got to see him graduate high school. To help honor Trayvon’s dream of becoming a pilot, Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, Fla. will grant him a posthumous Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Science, according to HBCU Digest.
“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.”
Outside of helping Trayvon’s legacy continue, the move was also made to further solidify FMU’s relationship with his family. The Trayvon Martin Foundation, which was started by his parents, is already stationed on the school’s campus.