CAMBRIDGE, MA – Current and future leaders in public service–from the United States and across the globe–will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies on May 24 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2018 consists of 631 graduates, representing 89 countries. 

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); 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 the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.)

   The breakdown by program for the HKS Class of 2018:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 100
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 65
  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), 214
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 225
  • PhD in Health Policy, 9
  • PhD in Political Economy and Government, 6
  • PhD in Public Policy, 9
  • PhD in Social Policy, 3

Morning exercises at Harvard Yard will kick off the day’s events. A separate Kennedy School ceremony will follow at approximately 12:15 p.m. in JFK Memorial Park, where diplomas will be awarded. Both ceremonies will be streamed live on the Harvard Kennedy School website: