A historically black college plans to award Trayvon Martin a posthumous degree later in May, the school announced Wednesday.
Florida Memorial University will present a bachelor’s of aeronautical science May 13 to Martin’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin.
Trayvon Martin died in 2012 after neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman shot him during an altercation.
The award serves to honor Martin’s memory and pay homage to the work his parents do for social justice, the school said.
“The University will confer upon TRAYVON MARTIN a posthumous degree in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Flight Education, in honor of the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot,” the school’s statement read.
Martin wanted to become a pilot or learn how to fly planes, the Tampa Bay Times reported earlier.
“As we approach 50 years in Miami Gardens, this commencement holds a special place in all of our hearts…Of special significance is awarding posthumously the Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation to Trayvon Martin,” Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Florida Memorial University, said in a statement.
The school plans to host a fundraiser for its Department of Aviation and Safety and for The Trayvon Martin Foundation after the ceremony.
Trayvon’s death and Zimmerman’s acquittal sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.
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