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Five years after his untimely and unjust death, Trayvon Martin will be honored by Florida Memorial University. The institution will posthumously award Martin a Bachelor’s of Aeronautical Science degree. Growing up, the Florida teen had aspirations of being a pilot, and Florida Memorial (one of four designated CESSNA pilot centers in the U.S.) felt this degree would properly honor Trayvon’s life-long dreams.

Speaking about the upcoming commencement, President Roslyn Clark-Artis said,

“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. 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.”

Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, will accept the award on his behalf at the spring commencement ceremony on May 13th. Their dedication to social justice continues through the Trayvon Martin Foundation, which is currently based on FMU’s campus.

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