On May 13th 2017, Florida Memorial University plans to honor the legacy of Trayvon Martin by issuing his parents with a posthumous degree in Aeronautical Science. The 17 year old, Miami Gardens native had been taking summer courses at his mother’s Alma mater training to be a pilot .
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On February 26th of 2012, just a little over five years ago, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman – a neighborhood watch volunteer. This Fatal incident has since brought about a huge outcry to racial and social tensions in the world today, and has in turn put a brighter spotlight on the injustices of civilians during interactions with police.
Trayvon’s life, although cut short along with his dreams of aviation, has had his legacy championed by many in support of his family.
“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,” says Florida Memorial President Roslyn Clark-Artis in a statement.
This spring commencement will be sure to hold a special milestone for Trayvon Martin’s parents as they will be able to continue the legacy of their lost son in a uplifting manner.
It should be noted, Florida Memorial University is also one of four universities nationally designated as a CESSNA pilot center.