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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!

Are you interested in becoming a GSA? Please fill out this application.


Sam Aguilar

Samantha Aguilar

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2025
  • Hometown: Manila, Philippines
  • Graziadio experience: "Being at Pepperdine is more than a dream come true; it's a legacy I'm proud to continue. Growing up, my mother, an MBA alumna, painted vivid pictures of the stunning campus and the unparalleled learning environment. Following in her footsteps has been a long-held aspiration of mine and now, as a student at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, I can confidently say that my experience has exceeded expectations. As an international student from the Philippines, it has been a journey of a lifetime to attend school abroad in the beautiful seaside hills in Malibu, of all places. The university and faculty's inviting, inclusive, safe, and caring atmosphere has made me feel right at home. Not to mention the delightful sprinkle of my childhood Nickelodeon nostalgia where Zoey101 was filmed! Needless to say, Pepperdine is truly incredible and I feel blessed to be a part of this close-knit community."

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Mary Anne Buckley

  • Degree: Fully Employed MBA
  • Graduation date: August 2024
  • Hometown: Waterville, OH
  • Graziadio experience: "What sets Pepperdine apart from the rest? My answer is simple: the people. From the admissions process and advising, to the faculty and student body, the support that I have received from each individual with whom I have come to know is unlike anything I’ve experienced in the business world. Pepperdine Graziadio has the unique mission of strengthening students for a life of purpose, service, and leadership and from my time here, I truly believe that this is what the community embodies. I feel proud to represent a school that encourages me to never doubt my values and through which has afforded me a community of supportive friends and mentors."

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Malcolm Coronel

  • Degree: BS in Management
  • Graduation date: December 2023
  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “The Graziadio Business program has provided me with an enriching opportunity to learn from a teaching staff that are experts in both business theory and application. My fellow cohorts are integrity driven, globally conscious, and highly motivated. Through my experience at Pepperdine, I've gained unparalleled insight into entrepreneurship and developed the necessary leadership and career skills to thrive in the business world.”

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Jordan Gudger

Jordan Gudger

  • Degree: MS in Real Estate 
  • Graduation date: August 2024 
  • Hometown: Alameda, California 
  • Graziadio experience: "My time at Pepperdine University has been an exciting and immersive experience in the Master of Real Estate program. Thus far, this academic experience has proven exceptionally enlightening, enabling me to advance my career alongside a remarkable cohort of peers. The faculty has offered guidance and support throughout the entire process. The program's robust curriculum has not only facilitated personal development and honed our leadership skills within my cohort but has also underscored its emphasis on finance and accounting, providing us with a solid foundation that positions us for success in our future pursuits."

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Briana Labe

  • Degree: MS in Business
  • Graduation date: August 2024
  • Hometown: Los Gatos, California
  • Graziadio experience: "Being at Graziadio Pepperdine has allowed me to continue my education at my dream school. As a recent graduate of Seaver, I was looking for a continuation of all the great opportunities that undergrad brought to my path. I have had the chance to form special bonds with my school, classmates, and professors. Transitioning over to Graziadio right out of undergrad has been the best decision I could have made for this year. The skills and memories I have developed and learned through both the staff and faculty are irreplaceable. The professors provide a real-world perspective and use their experiences to enhance our education through meaning beyond the classroom. Alongside the community and the people who make all the difference, Pepperdine is the most beautiful campus in the world. Being a part of this beautiful campus has been a privilege, and the connections I have gotten through this community with fellow students, professors, and mentors are priceless."


Sari Lestari

Sari Lestari

  • Degree: MS in Real Estate
  • Graduation date: August 2024
  • Hometown: Born and raised in West Java, Indonesia | Resides in Malibu
  • Graziadio experience: "Pepperdine has always been my dream school, celebrated for its commitment to values and exceptional leadership. My journey with Pepperdine has been nothing short of transformative, and I am incredibly fortunate to be a part of this tight-knit academic family. From the moment I stepped onto this campus, a world of opportunities has unfolded before me, and I look forward to continuing my future growth journey at Pepperdine."

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Kexin Lin

Kexin Lin

  • Degree: MS in Business Analytics
  • Graduation date: August 2024
  • Hometown: Shenzhen, China
  • Graziadio experience: "My time at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School is not just an education; it is a journey of personal and professional growth set against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation. I've always had a keen interest in delving deeper into business analytics. The MS in Business Analytics program not only equips me with the necessary skills but also empowers individuals like me to address business challenges in order to shape the future and create societal impacts. I love how the curriculum emphasizes predictive analytics, risk management, optimization modeling, and information technology, as it helps enhance expertise in handling big data. The overall program moves at a fast pace, but once you complete it, the sense of fulfillment is gratifying!" 

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Reyn Madrigal

  • Degree: BS in Management, Fully Employed MBA
  • Graduation Date: August 2024
  • Hometown: West Covina, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “Ever since day one, when I met my recruiter at a college fair, everything has been more than I could expect! The faculty, peers, alumni, classes, and the many networking events have just been filled with great experiences and connections. The growth I had during the BSM program just encouraged me to continue my education with Pepperdine by starting the FEMBA program.”

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Lupe Mendoza

  • Degree: MBAJ, Leadership and Managing Organizational Change
  • Graduation Date: April 2024
  • Hometown: Born in Mexico but raised in Los Angeles, CA
  • Graziadio experience: “My experience at Pepperdine has been life-changing. I returned to school after twenty-six years, received my bachelor's degree in August 2022, and am now pursuing an MBA. I am proof that pursuing an education is never too late. When I first decided to return to school, I just had one goal in mind: to get my bachelor's degree. However, now that I've thoroughly immersed myself in school, I want to advance my education to the next level. I would have never considered applying for a master's degree in a million years, yet here I am, ready to embark on a new adventure. The workload has been challenging yet manageable and rewarding. The professors are excellent, but what matters most are the lifetime friendships you will make along the way.”

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Ervin Mercado

Ervin Mercado

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2024
  • Hometown: Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base, Japan
  • Graziadio experience: "As a Navy Veteran, I’ve enjoyed my MBA experience at Graziadio Business School! Besides the beautiful Malibu coast view overlooking my classrooms, every day is a great learning experience, and it feels refreshing! I am enhancing my finance and business acumen so I can better prepare myself to be a future business leader in my own right when I finish my MBA program at Pepperdine. I have sharply honed my networking skills to a science since Pepperdine provides many unique networking events and opportunities to build your network! I made so many friends here on campus and built life-long connections! I do not regret my decision to go to Pepperdine University, let alone attend an excellent business school. Go Waves!!!"

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Uyoyou Jermila Ominiabohs

  • Degree: Full-Time MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2025
  • Hometown: Delta State, Nigeria
  • Graziadio experience: "Pepperdine Graziadio Business School offers a small class size, accessible professors, and a conducive learning environment, enhanced by its intentional landscaping and stunning views. Everyone I've met and spoken to has been accommodating, helpful, and willing to go the extra mile to make me feel at home. Pepperdine Graziadio Business School truly lives up to its reputation of being a purposeful and leadership-oriented institution. I am grateful to have found a home away from home here. The learning is top notch and very competitive. To succeed here we have to be ready to put in the work. A  typical session is a mix of assignments, group work and a host of other activities. Be ready to learn, network, build your public speaking skills and have fun while at it."

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Go the Extra Mile: Become a Student Ambassador

Being a student ambassador is a deeply rewarding opportunity on a personal level. The experience can enhance your career prospects and contribute to the development of your skills. Our student ambassadors become involved with many different types of work, so no two ambassadorships are quite the same. If you're interested in becoming a student ambassador, please contact us to learn more.