Current and future leaders in public service – from the United States and across the globe – received their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 25 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Class of 2017 consists of 561 graduates, representing 99 countries. The HKS Class of 2017 includes a Lieutenant in the United States Coast Guard; a director in the Central Bank of Iceland; a deputy inspector for the New York City Police Department; a former Mexico City legislator; a senior church minister from Nigeria; and a captain of the Critical Care Air Transport Team in the U.S. Air Force. Graduate degrees include: Master in Public Administration (MPA); Mid-Career Master in Public Administration; (MC/MPA); Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID); Master in Public Policy (MPP); Ph.D. in Health Policy; Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government; Ph.D. in Public Policy; and Ph.D. in Social Policy. (All Ph.D. degrees are conferred by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.) 

 The breakdown by program for the HKS Class of 2017:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 81
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 64
  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), 181
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 212
  • Ph.D. in Health Policy, 11
  • Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 4
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, 5
  • Ph.D. in Social Policy, 3