Before graduates received their diplomas, Dean Elmendorf offered congratulations and words of advice to students. In his remarks, he encouraged graduates to summon the courage and creativity to meet the world’s challenges and to bridge its divides.

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Remarks from Dean Douglas Elmendorf and the 2018 Diploma Ceremony
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Ohio Governor John Kasich addresses Harvard Kennedy School Class of 2018

Gabrielle Scrimshaw MPA 2018 walks a path for others to follow

Gabrielle Scrimshaw MPA 2018 is a Gleitsman Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. The first in her family to attend college, she plans to start an investment firm for tribal businesses and indigenous entrepreneurs after graduation.

ImeIme Umana MPP/JD 2018 is making important inroads

ImeIme Umana MPP/JD 2018 was elected the first black woman to lead the Harvard Law Review in 2017. After interning with the public defender’s office in the Bronx, New York, she wants to serve as a public defender.

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Class Day Awards 2018

Alex Olsen MPP 2018 is working on a coaching model that pairs veterans with active duty military members to offer personalized coaching and workouts. Part of his approach includes meditation, which he says has been helpful in his own life.