Cambridge, MA – Current and future leaders in public service – from the U.S. and across the globe – will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 28 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s (HKS) Class of 2015 is comprised of approximately 613 students, representing 85 countries – from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

The HKS Class of 2015 includes an advisor to the Office of the President of Armenia; an HIV and AIDS specialist at UNICEF in Mongolia; an economist at Facebook; a deputy secretary of the Ministry of Finance in Pakistan; an assistant professor at Boston College; a health financing manager at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Liberia; a foreign policy advisor for the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in New Zealand; a lieutenant governor of Michigan; an inspector for the Metropolitan Police in London; a Cambridge city councilor; a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy; and a leader of the opposition (Democratic Alliance) in the National Assembly of South Africa.

Graduate degrees include: Master in Public Administration (MPA); Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID); Master in Public Policy (MPP); Ph.D. in Public Policy; Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government; Ph.D. in Health 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 2015:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 82
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 74
  • Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 215
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 209
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, 11
  • Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 7
  • Ph.D. in Health Policy, 10
  • Ph.D. in Social Policy, 5

Commencement ceremonies at Harvard Yard will be held the morning of May 28. A separate Kennedy School diploma ceremony will follow at approximately 12:15 p.m. in JFK Memorial Park. 


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