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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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Anastasia Barnett

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2020
  • Hometown: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia & for the last 7 years, I live in Santa Barbara, California
  • Graziadio experience: "I think Pepperdine University is a great place to study. It has a very supportive and creative atmosphere for learning. The University has comfortable campuses, responsive staff, professors who really care, academic traditions, trustworthy and deep believers, and a community that makes you feel like you belong. I am very grateful to be here."

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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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Kiran Chaggann

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA | Concentration 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; 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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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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Erick Ortiz

  • Degree: Master of Science in Real Estate
  • Graduation date: August 2020
  • Hometown: Mexico
  • Graziadio experience: "During this short time, I have been able to learn new things and focus on my professional growth. Every day is different and challenging. I enjoy coming to school and engaging with my cohort and professors as they care about my learning environment."

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Anita Patel

  • Degree: Fully Employed (Part-Time) MBA; Concentration: 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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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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Cameron Ward

  • Degree: Full-Time International MBA
  • Graduation date: April 2021
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Graziadio experience: "My experience at Graziadio Business School has been nothing short of exceptional. From the moment when I received my acceptance letter, to meeting my cohort and fellow peers during new student orientation and now as we complete our first trimester, Pepperdine has provided me with the opportunities and resources to thrive. I can say with all honesty that what stands out the most is the community of academic advisors, faculty members and professors who genuinely care about your success and will go above and beyond to help you find a career that aligns with your interests."

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