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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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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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Tatyana Diaz

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA with a concentration in Business Analytics
  • Graduation Date: December 2021
  • Hometown: San Francisco, CA
  • Graziadio experience: "Pepperdine's FEMBA program has been an incredible experience so far. The professors are very supportive and dedicated to ensuring the learning environment is hands-on and immersive. Because of the flexibility of classes being part-time, I'm able to apply valuable concepts from class to my full-time job and still be able to grow within my field while enrolled in the program. Lastly, my favorite part of the program is attending Pepperdine's wide array of networking events, career growth conferences, and speaker seminars hosted for Graziadio students."

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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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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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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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Daniel Soto

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

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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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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.