Recognition and Awards

Graziadio Business School Awards



Rankings: The Graziadio School's degree programs have been recognized among the nation's best by some of the most distinguished authorities in business including Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, and U.S. News & World Report. The Graziadio School is honored to be considered among the top 100 of more than 2,000 business schools in the nation.


Graziadio Staff Excellence Awards

Recognizes and rewards outstanding staff members who have made significant contributions in advancing the mission and work of the Graziadio School in the following areas.


Staff Award

George Awards

George Awards

Each year, the George Awards honor some of the finest members and partners of the Graziadio School community. Recipients exemplify integrity, stewardship, courage, and compassion, while enriching the ever-changing business world through their superior skills and entrepreneurial spirit.

Student Awards
Recipients have maintained a minimum 3.5 GPA, completed at least two trimesters, and served as outstanding leaders in the classroom.

Alumni Award
Alumni George Award recipients have demonstrated leadership and initiative toward advancing the Graziadio School’s alumni network.

Faculty Award
Presented to a faculty member whose commitment to teaching personifies personal leadership, excellence, and generosity of spirit.

Community Service Award (Waves of Service)
Awarded to a member of the Graziadio School family who has displayed unwavering dedication to community service.

Corporate Partner Award
Presented to a member of the corporate community that has helped to enhance the mission and reputation of the Graziadio School.

Staff Appreciation Day

Once a year, the Graziadio School organizes a Staff Appreciation Day, where employees can relax, get to know one another, re-connect, and celebrate accomplishments. This event is usually held at a different location each year, and past destinations have included Calamigos Ranch, the LA Zoo, a yacht on the Marina, and at Alumni Park in Malibu.

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Pepperdine Honors

Pepperdine strives to reward employees for their work and recognize them for their achievements. All employees are invited to attend one of the year's biggest events, the annual Pepperdine Honors faculty & staff appreciation dinner.

Pepperdine Honors

Service Award Program
The Service Award Program provides recognition of continuous service for eligible employees of 1, 3, and 5 year levels and each additional 5 years thereafter (10, 15, etc.). Continuous service is reduced by part-time status or leave of absence in excess of three months. Employees, who were previously employed by the University in a regular faculty or staff position, are eligible to receive full service credit towards continuous service for service award purposes.

Staff Achievement Award
The Staff Achievement Award is a $1,000 cash award given to a staff member whose daily life in the workplace is a model for all. Any member of the Pepperdine faculty, staff, or student body can make nominations for this award.

Waves of Service Award
The Waves of Service awards thousands of dollars each year in honor of alumni and Pepperdine community members involved annually in service through their careers and volunteer activities.

Traveling George Award

The Traveling George Award is a peer-to-peer recognition award created by staff for staff. The current award holder nominates the next winner. This award is given to a staff member who has gone above and beyond in the workplace and has embodied 1 or more "Georgisms," that include the following:

        1. "Today, not tomorrow"
        2. "Integrity always"
        3. "Courage with compassion"
        4. "Pioneering spirit"

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