CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Current and future leaders in public service—from across the United States and around the globe—will graduate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University during a virtual celebration on Thursday, May 28. Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2020 consists of 605 graduates, coming from 42 U.S. states and 85 countries. 

Graduate degrees include the Master in Public Administration, Mid-Career Master in Public Administration, Master in Public Administration in International Development, Master in Public Policy, PhD in Health Policy, PhD in Political Economy and Government, PhD in Public Policy, and PhD in Social Policy. (All PhD degrees are conferred by Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.)

   The breakdown by program for the HKS Class of 2020 is:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 94
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 71
  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), 183
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 224
  • PhD in Health Policy, 13
  • PhD in Political Economy and Government, 1
  • PhD in Public Policy, 14
  • PhD in Social Policy, 5

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on-campus celebrations at Harvard University have been postponed to a later date when the community can gather safely in person.

Harvard University’s virtual graduation ceremony on May 28 will begin with online events at 11 a.m. The Kennedy School’s virtual celebration will follow at 12:30 p.m. The School’s graduation address will be delivered by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair of GAVI, the global vaccine alliance; special advisor to the World Health Organization on the COVID-19 response; and former finance minister of Nigeria.

The celebration will be streamed live on the Harvard Kennedy School YouTube channel at Additional details are available on the School website at