CAMBRIDGE, MA – 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 commencement celebration on Thursday, May 27. Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2021 consists of 411 graduates, coming from 42 U.S. states and 80 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, and PhD in Public Policy. (All PhD degrees are conferred by Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.)

The breakdown by program for the HKS Class of 2021 is:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 46
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 42
  • Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA), 141
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 169
  • PhD in Political Economy and Government, 3
  • PhD in Public Policy, 10

Harvard University’s virtual graduation ceremony on May 27 will begin with online events at 10:30 a.m. The Kennedy School’s virtual celebration will follow at 12:30 p.m. The School’s graduation address will be delivered by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who served two terms as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and later ran a groundbreaking presidential campaign.

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