Graduates cheering on their classmates during the Harvard Kennedy School diploma ceremony.

Harvard Kennedy School takes you to the next level

We celebrate our graduates who carry the Kennedy School’s mission of public service around the globe.

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Ambassador Nicholas Burns in a suit and standing at a podium delivering the 2024 HKS Graduation Address. He is standing in front of a crimson Harvard Kennedy School backdrop.

Ambassador Nicholas Burns delivers 2024 graduation address

Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, delivered the 2024 HKS graduation address. He urged graduates to take on the world's daunting issues and to remain hopeful.

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Acknowledgment of Land and People

Harvard University is located on the traditional land of the Massachusett people, and the Nipmuc and Wampanoag Nations have long been our neighbors as well. Harvard Kennedy School recognizes and honors the past, present, and future of these Indigenous people and precious lands.