[OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT] "Florida Memorial University Announces TRAYVON MARTIN as Recipient of a Posthumous Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation: Saturday, May 13, 2017"
Florida Memorial University (FMU) will hold its university-wide commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the FMU Wellness Center Arena. The University will confer upon #TRAYVONMARTIN a posthumous degree in Aeronautical Science with a concentration in Flight Education in honor of his love for planes and the steps he took during his young life toward becoming a pilot, including his connection to Barrington Irving (a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Florida Memorial University; in 2007 he was the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world; www.experienceaviation.org). This bachelor’s degree is designated for students studying to become pilots. Martin’s parents, MS. SYBRINA FULTON (also a FMU graduate) and MR. TRACY MARTIN, will accept the degree on behalf of their son. Fulton and Martin are social justice activists who co-founded The Trayvon Martin Foundation at Florida Memorial University. In their book, "Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin: A Parents’ Story of Love, Injustice, and the Birth of a Movement" (Penguin Random House), Fulton and Martin address Trayvon’s aspirations of becoming a pilot and the camp sessions he took with Mr. Irving.
The University will also host a post-commencement fundraiser and reception in support of The Trayvon Martin Foundation, headquartered at #FMU.