TRAYVON MARTIN has been awarded an honorary college degree five years after his death from
The late teen’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, accepted the degree in aeronautical science yesterday (May 13).
“This was the day we planned for as parents. We just wish we would have watched him walk across the stage,” Tracy Martin said during the commencement.
Trayvon, who would have been 22 if he were alive today, had a love for planes and held aspirations to be a pilot.
He was shot and killed, aged 17, by neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford while walking home from a gas station in 2012.
His family said the degree shows the support the community has for them and the Trayvon Martin Foundation.
After graduation, the university held a fundraiser for it’s department of aviation.
The university said the degree was, “in honour of the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot.”
FMU, a historically black college, maintains a designated pilot training center.
Trayvon attended a few aviation classes in high school and “had an obvious love of flying,” an FMU spokeswoman told CNN.