Harvard Kennedy School Graduates to Receive Diplomas During May 26 Ceremony

Contact: Doug Gavel
Phone: (617) 495-1115
Date: May 16, 2011

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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 26 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Harvard Kennedy School’s Class of 2011 is comprised of approximately 555 students, representing 70 countries – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Among the Class of 2011 are a member of the British Parliament; a Massachusetts mayor; an advisor to a king; an experienced Marine Corps platoon commander; a chaplain; an economist at the World Bank; and a schoolteacher with Teach for America. 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 Class of 2011:

  • Master in Public Administration (MPA), 100
  • Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID), 63
  • Master in Public Administration (Mid-Career), 180
  • Master in Public Policy (MPP), 189
  • Ph.D. in Public Policy, 5
  • Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 3
  • Ph.D. in Health Policy, 9
  • Ph.D. in Social Policy, 6

Commencement ceremonies at Harvard Yard will be held the morning of May 26. A separate Kennedy School diploma ceremony will follow at approximately 12:15 p.m. in JFK Memorial Park. Both ceremonies will be web streamed live via Real Player on the Harvard Kennedy School website: http://iopforum.harvard.edu:8080/ramgen/encoder/live

NOTE:Journalists are invited to cover the commencement ceremony. Please contact the Harvard Kennedy School Communications Office at (617) 495-1115 to confirm.


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