CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Current and future leaders in public service—from across the United States and around the globe—are graduating today from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2023 consists of 706 graduates, coming from 42 U.S. states and 84 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 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 2023 is:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 139
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 84
  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), 235
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 230
  • PhD in Political Economy and Government, 7
  • PhD in Public Policy, 7
  • PhD in Social Policy, 4

The Kennedy School’s diploma ceremony begins at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday May 25, following the Harvard University Commencement exercises. The School’s 2023 Commencement Address was delivered on Wednesday, May 24, by Ban Ki-moon MC/MPA 1984, who served as secretary-general of the United Nations from  2007 to 2016. 

The Kennedy School Commencement is streamed live on the HKS YouTube channel. Additional details are available on the School’s Commencement webpage

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