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Cambridge, MA — Aspiring leaders in public service — from the U.S. to Uzbekistan — will don caps and gowns during commencement ceremonies June 9 at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The Kennedy School's Class of 2005 is comprised of approximately 565 students, representing 74 countries.
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 Political Economy and Government and Ph.D. in Public Policy (both jointly administered with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences).
About 63 percent of the members of the Class of 2005 are young professionals in the early stages of their careers. About 37 percent are experienced public leaders enrolled in the Kennedy School's mid-career (MC) program. Among this year's graduating class are many current and former government leaders, policy analysts, nonprofit founders, military officers, and public policy advocates.
The breakdown by program for the Class of 2005:
Master in Public Administration (MPA), 89
Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 63
Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 207
Master in Public Policy (MPP), 197
Master in Public Policy & Urban Planning (MPP/UP), 6
Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 2
Ph.D. in Public Policy, 1
Commencement ceremonies at Harvard University will be held the morning of June 9. A separate Kennedy School diploma ceremony will follow beginning at 12:00 p.m. in JFK Memorial Park. More information on commencement week activities is available online.