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Service to Pepperdine

Commencement Host Program

We ask that every staff member of the Graziadio School volunteer their services once a year during commencement. For more information about the Commencement Host Program, please click here.

Waves of Innovation

In 2013, President Andrew Benton announced a new initiative to foster creativity and innovation from within the Pepperdine University community. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the Waves of Innovation initiative invites the Pepperdine community to contribute to the transitions that will allow the University to become an increasingly resourceful, efficient, impactful, faith-based, and global institution.

Staff volunteering at graduation

Service to Community


Volunteer Staff Leave (Service Project)
The Staff Volunteer Leave allows staff members to take up to five full days of paid leave dedicated to service of their choosing for every 5 years of continuous full-time employment at Pepperdine. Staff employees are free to work with any non-profit organization, charity, school, or other program where they feel their service will be the greatest benefit. This leave provides staff members with the opportunity to model to students and to the greater community the life of service that is the heart of Pepperdine's mission. For more information, visit the University Policy Manual Section 16.9, or click the link below.


Wave of Service

Waves of Service
The Waves of Service movement celebrates, supports, and connects Pepperdine Alumni committed to volunteerism and careers of service worldwide. The vision of Waves of Service is to become the world's most active alumni service in the world.



University Ministries
The Benevolence and Community Service Ministry at the University Church of Christ, among others, reaches and ministers to people with special needs by providing food, clothing, shelter, prayer, and other needs. Consider participating personally or financially in a dozen community-orientated ministries based locally and around the world. 


United Way

United Way of Los Angeles
Pepperdine faculty and staff continue the long-time tradition of strengthening the larger community by supporting the efforts and goals of United Way of Greater Los Angeles to create pathways out of poverty. Large and small gifts, either a one-time donation or payroll deduction, to United Way contribute to affordable housing and healthcare, educational achievement, and financial stability for millions of Angelenos and their families.