Posted on May 5, 2017

Trayvon Martin Will Receive a Posthumous College Degree

Aria Bendix, The Atlantic, May 5, 2017

Five years after his death, Trayvon Martin will receive a posthumous bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Florida Memorial University (FMU), the university announced Wednesday on its Facebook page. If Martin were alive today, he would be 22 years old — the same age as many college graduates.

Martin’s degree will specify a concentration in flight education, the university said, “in honor of the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot.” FMU, a historically black college, maintains a designated pilot training center. Martin attended a few aviation classes in high school and “had an obvious love of flying,” an FMU spokeswoman told CNN.


On Saturday, May 13, Martin’s parents will accept a degree on their son’s behalf at FMU’s commencement ceremony.


FMU already serves as the headquarters for The Trayvon Martin Foundation, co-founded by Martin’s parents.


Following the university’s commencement, FMU will hold a reception and fundraiser in support of the foundation.