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Student Ambassadors

Want to connect with a current Graziadio student? Our dedicated Graziadio Student Ambassadors are excited to share their experiences and help you explore our collaborative community and values-based culture first-hand. Whether you want to know more about life on campus or simply have unanswered questions, we have an ambassador to represent nearly every degree program. So feel free to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!

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John Bandek

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Management
  • Graduation date: August 2021
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Graziadio experience: "Every course that I have taken at the Graziadio Business School’s Bachelor of Science in Management program has been an experience itself. The professors that I have encountered during my two trimesters have all invested significant time and effort to ensure my success as a student at Pepperdine. The small class sizes have allowed for relentless networking opportunities and lively discussions fostering an enriched classroom environment. I am confident that I will be able to achieve personal growth and my professional goals through Graziadio’s wide variety of courses and resources offered."

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Shawn Bhatia

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2022
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Graziadio experience: "Being at Graziadio has been such an incredible experience. Each person I interact with has been kind and helpful in their own ways. You also can't go wrong with the location and the beauty of the campus. Make a decision to come to Graziadio and you won't regret it" 

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Amanda Callahan

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance as well as Media and Entertainment
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Mckinney, TX
  • Graziadio experience: "I considered many attributes when choosing where to pursue my MBA: job placement stats, location, graduate network, faculty credentials, and industry specializations. The most impressive attribute of Graziadio is not one of the standard comparison attributes or statistics but the exceptional degree of individualized treatment and guidance you receive as a student from both the faculty and administration. While academic excellence and professional advancement are stressed, furthering your development as an individual is at the core of all Graziadio has to offer."

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Frank Ceglia

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Valencia, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “So far my experience at Graziadio has been wonderful. The school has exceeded my expectations in their ability to help build me to my network.  I chose to come to Graziadio because of their well ranked Entrepreneurship program.  I knew that I wanted a program that could bridge my knowledge gap of business, as well as partner me with Alumni to help shape my professional future, as well as my company's future. Getting to pursue this education rooted in Christian principles with Faculty that are believers helps drive students to their purpose. Graziadio is pushing out Best for the World leaders and that is what they're helping me become.”

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Kiran Chaggan

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Graduation Date: December 2021 
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA and Karachi, Pakistan
  • Graziadio experience: "In only the past few months at Pepperdine, I’ve been plunged into a world of new ideas, concepts and experiences, from interacting with other students both in and out of the classroom to limitless growth and networking opportunities. The pace is relentless and it’s enormously challenging, but that’s why I am here after all. To get out of my comfort zone and to be challenged daily. Surrounded by a group of people who are highly accomplished yet humble, I can be my authentic self and challenge myself to become a global pluralistic leader post-MBA. Please feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to know more about the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School!"

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John Ciminna

  • Degree: Online Bachelor of Science in Management 
  • Graduation Date: December 2020
  • Hometown: White Plains, New York
  • Graziadio experience: "The online BSM program experience has been one of the most challenging and rewarding I have ever experienced in my educational career. The professors have been beyond supportive of this alternative to in class instruction. From networking with fellow students to working within virtual groups I feel very connected to the school while being a distance learner. The program had offered me access to a vast alumni network, campus events, and essential curriculum to perfect my craft all while living on the east coast! Go Waves!"

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Ryan Cox

  • Degree: Online Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA, Digital Innovation & Information Systems
  • Graduation date: April 2022
  • Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
  • Graziadio experience: My Graziadio experience has been incredible. The amount of information I have learned throughout my time in this program has been substantial and I have grown tremendously as a businessman, leader, professional, and as an individual. Doing this program while fully employed obviously comes with its own set of challenges; however, the fact that I can apply what I'm learning from this program directly into the workplace every day is remarkable. The skills and confidence I have obtained are extremely rewarding. I look forward to helping others reach their full potential, too! 

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Jason Peter Ferber

  • Graduation date: December 2020
  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a Finance Concentration
  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • Graziadio experience: “I have absolutely loved the full-time MBA program at Pepperdine. Not only are the classes engaging and the teachers incredibly knowledgeable, but the Career Center has been a huge help for me. I have no doubt that being a student at Graziadio will benefit the rest of my professional career.”   

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Patrick Fuhrman

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with concentrations in Digital Innovation and Information Systems and Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Seattle, WA
  • Graziadio experience: "Graziadio is a place where professional goals and personal values coalesce into an intricate blend of opportunity and inspiration. From the faculty, the staff, to the highly talented and ambitious body of students, the possibilities for personal growth and professional development are endless. To add to the list of boons, the environment is incredibly supportive and collaborative. Please feel free to reach out to me if you'd like to know more about the incredibly enriching place that is the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School!”

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Arrio Granum

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Finance
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Hillsboro, OR
  • Graziadio experience: "Looking back on my decision to come to Pepperdine, it is now clear to me this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The program, the people you network with, the limitless possibilities, and the way this program springboards you into your next phase of you life is absolutely amazing!"

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Will Hyman

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA, Concentrations in Finance and Business Analytics
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Graziadio experience: “Coming to Graziadio has been the best decision of my professional career. I decided to attend business school to make a change in my career, and Graziadio has given me the tools and resources to make that happen.The career center helped me bring out the best of my previous experience onto my resume, and I was able to earn an internship through the networking skills I learned in my career class during my first year, which ultimately led to a full time job offer in a leadership development program in my desired industry upon graduation. The program will challenge you, but if you are willing to put in the work and effort needed to reach your goals, then the program will help push you towards success.”

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Kelly Javier

  • Degree: BSM '19 and MBAJ General Management, '21
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Irvine, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “A Pepperdine education extends beyond the classroom and degree completion. This allows Pepperdine to truly create best for world leaders through every touchpoint. As an alumni associate, I am able to continue my education and broaden my connections through online and in-person events. As an MBA student, my professors reach through our virtual classrooms to create a deep understanding of the subject matter in a collaborative way. Allowing me to better stand out in any global business environment. I am always happy to help any prospective students or alumni. ”

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Rory Lassalle

  • Degree:  Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Graduation date: Spring 2022
  • Hometown: Dayton, OH
  • Graziadio experience: “My experience here has been a personal and professional journey that has created an immediate effect of reciprocity. Pepperdine Graziadio's FEMBA program has created an opportunity for me to develop and then apply what I have learned back to my full-time career. Every course has provided tangible lessons that will challenge your comfortability as a leader and reward you with a renewed vision of a future in business. The curriculum is elevating, the professors are professional, and the relationships are personal.”

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Ana Paulina Moreno

  • Degree: Master of Science in Applied Finance
  • Graduation date: December 2020
  • Hometown: Guatemala, Guatemala
  • Graziadio experience: My time at Graziadio has been incredible. The program offers a great education, with approachable faculty members, responsive staff and all sorts of networking activities. I have also met amazing people with different backgrounds and knowledge, which further enhances the experience.

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Anita Patel

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA with a concentration in Finance 
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Ventura, CA
  • Graziadio experience: "My experience at the Graziadio Business School has been extraordinary. The professors make it a point to be approachable and hands-on with your learning experience, while our advisors have been guideposts and remain accessible. I feel confident that Graziadio will prepare me to come out of the MBA program as a well informed and well prepared MBA graduate."

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Roxanne Rothafel

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA General Management
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Orange, CA
  • Graziadio experience: "One mock class at Pepperdine ended my search for the right MBA program and introduced me to the Graziadio FEMBA program and it's accompanying learning opportunities. On a beautiful SoCal morning, I was introduced to a high energy marketing professor, and several like minded individuals who shared my same curiosity and passion for learning. In the following weeks, starting my journey with Graziadio, I met the most incredible group of people who shared their life stories, their futures and their quests to continue their education. I could not imagine a more amazing cohort to work alongside and look forward to meeting many more learners along the way."

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Amelia Samek

  • Graduation date: April 2022
  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with SEER Certificate
  • Hometown: Miami, FL (via Capranica, Italy; South Hadley, MA; Paris, France; New York City, NY; New Delhi, India; and Glen Ellyn, IL)
  • Graziadio experience: “Pepperdine Graziadio’s Best for World Leaders mission statement shows up in every interaction I have had with faculty and staff. Everyone you encounter genuinely cares about your wellbeing & growth. Students, faculty, and staff are all enthusiastic, caring, dynamic, and dedicated to a values-oriented business education, which is why I chose Pepperdine Graziadio over other programs for my MBA. I am particularly excited by Pepperdine’s SEER Certificate program and the opportunity to study net impact and social enterprise, while getting a great core business education, all with some of the best professors in the field and in a beautiful location.”

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Candice Shim

  • Degree: Master of Science in Global Business
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “My experience at Graziadio has gifted me with opportunities that I don't think I'd find elsewhere. The courses, faculty, and academic/career advisors have been nothing short of dedicated to helping students grow in a professional and academic environment. Graziadio provides accessible access to amazing speaker events, alumni networks, and career growth opportunities. Also, I always enjoy going onto campus to interact and collaborate with my encouraging cohort in classes. Let’s not forget about the amazing view. I'm excited to see what I'll continue to learn and get to experience at Pepperdine!”

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Sean Anthony Singleton

  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Management 
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Graziadio experience: “My experience at Pepperdine has been unbelievably rewarding and fulfilling. Yes, it's challenging and competitive, but I quickly realized how manageable the course material was. I was able to balance work, Pepperdine, and still have a social life.”

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Daniela Smith

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA, concentration in Marketing 
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Born and raised in Munich, Germany; Currently a resident of Orange County, CA.
  • Graziadio experience:  The Pepperdine Fully Employed MBA program is a better experience than I could have imagined. The classes are transformational, and the professors are a fantastic resource and are truly world-class. Every professor I have met has treated me with individualized attention and has gone out of his or her way to help me succeed. Pepperdine is also a fantastic place to forge inspiring friendships with fellow students.

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Daniel Soto

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas

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Eric Sunner

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time MBA) with a concentration in Digital Innovation & Information Systems
  • Graduation date: December 2021
  • Hometown: Clovis, CA
  • Graziadio experience: "My time at Pepperdine Graziadio has been immaculate. Looking back on my decision to join Pepperdine Graziadio, it is now perfectly clear to me that I made the best decision for my professional and personal career. The professors that have taught me in the FEMBA program are world class and they actually care about their students. Graziadio is the perfect place to forge future friendships with like minded students and to expand your network within the Southern California community."

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Philippe Thibault

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: Provo, Utah

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Kimberly Wilson

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation Date: April 2022
  • Hometown: Calabasas, California
  • Graziadio experience: “When I think of Pepperdine, I think of an accessible, tight-knit community. With Pepperdine's intimate class sizes, you have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships and to get personalized attention. Since the day I announced I'd be pursuing an MBA at Pepperdine, I've felt at home. What I love most about the Graziadio community is that its members are there to offer support before you even know to ask for it. Additionally, I love that Pepperdine is committed to providing an impressionable experience both inside and outside of the classroom. I am grateful that on any given week, Pepperdine offers me the opportunity to participate in case competitions, attend company informational sessions, engage in lunch chats with alumni, or hear prominent executives speak. If you're interested in learning more about the Graziadio experience, please don't hesitate to get in touch!”

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Go the Extra Mile: Become a Student Ambassador

Being a student ambassador is a deeply rewarding opportunity both on a personal level and also in terms of your career prospects after leaving Pepperdine. As a student ambassador, you have the opportunity to get involved with many different types of work allowing you to develop skills you already have as well as gain new ones. If you're interesting in becoming an ambassador, please contact us to learn more.