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Members of the Kennedy School Class of 2005 received their diplomas during graduation ceremonies in Cambridge this afternoon. More than 500 diplomas were awarded before a large audience of friends and family members in JFK Park.
Dean David Ellwood congratulated the graduates, urging them to put the lessons learned in the classroom to good use in the world. "If you haven't failed, you haven't aimed high enough," he said. "You must take risks...It is clear you can accomplish the impossible."
Thursday's ceremony was the culmination of three days of events honoring Kennedy School graduates. The graduation address was delivered Wednesday at the JFK Jr. Forum by Gen. Romeo Dallaire, former commander of the UN mission in Rwanda.
Several graduates were honored during the Class Day Awards presentation on Tuesday. Award winners included Larry Harris Jr. and Narasimhan Swaminathan, granted the Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Award; Maria Clavelle Torres, granted the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award; Ryann Elizabeth Manning, granted the John E. Thayer Award; Richard Andrew Lindsey, granted the Ellen S. Raphael Award; and Amira Vejzagic-Ramhorst, granted the C.V. Starr Scholarship.
Other awardees included: Alice Harriet Smith Farmer, granted the Carr Center Prize; Pelin Berkmen, Jonathan Borck, Gee Sup Kim, Ruben Kliksberg, Jesselle Marie Loss, David Lynch, and Demian Sanchez, granted the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student Teaching; Christine Roshana Arasaratnam and Maren Dobberthien, granted the Don K. Price Award for MPA II; Annie Duflo and Tobias Fischbein, granted the Raymond Vernon Award; and Shaun Gonzales, granted the Jane Mansbridge Research Award.