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.

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