Trayvon Martin, the teenager who was killed by George Zimmerman five years ago, will be awarded a posthumous degree at a commencement ceremony this month.
Florida Memorial University will present a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical science with a concentration in flight education to Martin’s parents on May 13.
“As we approach 50 years in Miami Gardens, this commencement holds a special place in all of our hearts,” FMU said. “Of special significance is awarding posthumously the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation to Trayvon Martin.
“The University will also host a post-commencement fundraiser and reception in support of FMU’s Department of Aviation and Safety,” the statement added.
Before he was killed, Martin had dreams of becoming a pilot. His mother told that he spent time studying at George T. Baker Aviation School during his freshman year of high school. Martin was inspired by his uncle, Ronald Fulton, who had a brief career in aviation.
Martin’s death sparked protest nationwide and led to the creation of Black Lives Matter. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in 2013.