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On Thursday (May 27) 577 current and future leaders in public service representing 80 countries received diplomas from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and took part in a day-long series of events celebrating their graduation. HKS graduates also attended a Commencement address Wednesday delivered by Mexican President Felipe Calderón MC/MPA 2000, HKSEE 2003, in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon MC/MPA 2000, HKSEE 2003 urged graduating Harvard Kennedy School students Wednesday to dedicate themselves to careers in public service, calling it the "best way in which you can really help people."
"Public service is about more than just wanting a career in public administration. You must also assume responsibility not just for you, for your own destiny, but for the destiny of all," said Calderon, a former Mason Fellow. "For me, it's clear, the best way in which you can really help people to transform their reality is through government, through politics, through public service."
Dean David T. Ellwood lauded Calderon for his courage in taking on important long-term challenges in Mexico, despite the short-term political risk.
"President Calderon is unambiguously the personification of someone who has chosen action over comfortable inaction," Ellwood said.
Graduate degrees include: Master in Public Administration (MPA); Master in Public Policy (MPP); Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID); Master in Public Policy/Urban Planning (MPP/UP); and Ph.D. in Public Policy (conferred by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences).
The breakdown by program for the Class of 2010:
Master in Public Administration (MPA), 86
Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 68
Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 204
Master in Public Policy (MPP), 208
Master in Public Policy/Urban Planning (MPP/UP), 5
Ph.D. in Public Policy, 6