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Chateau d'Hauteville grand opening

A Grand Opening

With its newest international campus, Château d’Hauteville, Pepperdine will take “a giant step forward” in creating a global center for education, culture, and community. The power of Switzerland lies in its location, geographical and symbolic, as the central meeting point of Western Europe. Read More

Waves of Flags display at Pepperdine University

9/11 Waves of Flags Remembrance Ceremony

Amidst nearly 3,000 flags on display (one for each life lost), actor and producer Chris Pratt shared his remarks on the historic occasion. This year, attendees paid tribute by writing notes of prayer and reflection to attach to the flags. Read more about the ceremony

Heidelberg 60th

Celebrating 60 Years of the Heidelberg Program

Pepperdine's nationally recognized international programs launched in the fall of 1963 with its inaugural campus in Heidelberg, Germany, a university town rich in culture and history. Since then nearly 4,000 students have considered Moore Haus, which stands prominently as the highest house on the castle hill, their home away from home. Read More

President Gash speaks at the PA Dinner

47th Annual Pepperdine Associates Dinner Honors Founder George Pepperdine’s Enduring Legacy

Members of the Pepperdine community gathered from far and wide to attend the 47th annual Pepperdine Associates dinner, held Saturday, April 22, 2023, at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills. This year’s event celebrated the University’s growth and accomplishments over the years and the exciting new initiatives just on the horizon. Read More


Pres. George Bush speaks at Law School dinner

Waves Pepperdine Caruso School of Law Hosts Annual Gala Dinner Featuring President George W. Bush and Rick J. Caruso

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law celebrated its 50-year legacy of service with a gala dinner that featured President George W. Bush in conversation with alumnus Rick J. Caruso (JD ‘83) on Wednesday, March 22, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Read more about this esteemed event

Pepperdine Gives

Pepperdine Annual Giving Day Raises More Than $1 Million

Waves gave in record numbers at Pepperdine Gives, the University’s annual day of giving, which kicked off at midnight on Wednesday, October 19. Nearly 3,000 gifts totaling more than $1 million were raised on one remarkable day when Waves were invited to give to a Pepperdine school, program, or passion of their choice.  Read more about this exciting day.


Pepperdine Associates Dinner President Gash

Gala Draws Support and Waves Pride 

The 46th annual Pepperdine Associates dinner took place at the Beverly Wilshire on Saturday, May 7, 2022. A lively crowd of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends gathered to celebrate the impact of our devoted Pepperdine supporters and the continued progress of our programs. Read more about the Gala.


Byron Johnson Pepperdine

Byron Johnson Named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and the Common Good

Byron Johnson, Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences at Baylor University, joins the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religious Studies and the Common Good as of April 1, 2022. Read more about Byron.


Edwin Meese III Institute

School of Public Policy Receives $10 Million Endowment to Launch Edwin Meese III Institute for Liberty and the American Project

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) has announced the launch of the Edwin Meese III Institute for Liberty and the American Project. Endowed with a $10 million gift from Pepperdine alumni Chandra (’99, JD ’02) and Adam (’99) Melton, the Meese Institute will be led by a leading scholar in American history and politics who will assume the Melton Chair at the helm. Read more about the Institute.


Pepperdine Waves Athletics

Inaugural Waves Give Campaign Raises Nearly $345k for Athletics Programs

On April 20, 2022, Pepperdine Waves Athletics launched its inaugural ”Waves Give!” campaign to support Pepperdine’s 17 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletic programs. The Pepperdine community rallied together, raising a record-breaking total of nearly $345,000 from over 650 donor gifts. Read more about the Campaign.


Pepperdine School of Public Policy SPP 25th Anniversary

2022 Marks the 25th Year of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy

The school was founded in 1997 following the launch of the Davenport Institute in 1996. SPP is built on a distinctive philosophy of preparing public leaders to use tools of analysis combined with their moral sense to affect successful implementation and real change. Through a curriculum grounded in understanding policy’s inherent philosophical and historical dimensions, SPP prepares cross-sector leaders for careers that strengthen the institutions of the private, nonprofit, and government sectors.  Read more about SPP.