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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chair of GAVI, the global vaccine alliance; special advisor to the World Health Organization on the COVID-19 response; and former finance minister of Nigeria delivered the Harvard Kennedy School graduation in May, challenging members of the Class of 2020 to “be bold, be courageous, be selfless.”

Rochelle Lindsay MC/MPA 2020 celebrated her graduation at home with her family, watching the live YouTube stream.


Graduating Student Profiles

From a distance
Members of Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2020 celebrate and show school spirit while social distancing in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
From left to right: Jaime Diaz MC/MPA 2020; Gerta Uruci-Limani MC/MPA 2020; Ana Esmeralda Martinez Saez MC/MPA 2020; Scott McCann MC/MPA 2020; Karim Sarhan MC/MPA 2020; Fernanda Pedreira MC/MPA 2020; Kudzai Makomva MC/MPA 2020; Serena Lese MC/MPA 2020 (seated); Hind Al-Hindawi MC/MPA 2020; Fernando Marquez MC/MPA 2020; Nada Siddiqui MC/MPA 2020; Will Green MC/MPA 2020; Sayef Tanzeem Qayyum MC/MPA 2020; Amy Yee MC/MPA 2020; Doris Gutierrez MC/MPA 2020; Sybil Hebb MC/MPA 2020. Ganesh Ramachandran MC/MPA 2020 helped organize.


Virtual Graduation Events


Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Dean Doug Elmendorf delivered remarks, which was followed by a tribute to our students.

HKS recognized the achievements of graduates, as well as faculty members and staff, who have made significant contributions to the HKS community.


Harvard’s virtual graduation ceremony honored the Class of 2020 and conferred their hard-earned degrees.

Graduates and their families and friends are invited to read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the virtual graduation celebrations.

Over 100 social media posts with #HKSGrad
Degrees conferred to the HKS Class of 2020
Viewers who watched the graduation stream live on YouTube



Video footage courtesy of Vadim Pavlyuk, videographer, and Ganesh Ramachandran MC/MPA 2020, producer; photos by Raychel Casey and Martha Stewart

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