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Exemption Request

How to Obtain an Exemption from Convocation:

  1. You must meet one of the Exemption Requirement below ONLY.
  2. If you meet the requirement, you must request an exemption by filling out the "Exemption Request Form"
  3. After filling out the "Exemption Request Form" you must bring supporting documents to TCC 104.
  4. You will get an email confirmation on your exemption for Spring Semester ONLY
  5. You must reapply every semester if you continue to meet the requirements
  6. If you are granted an exemption, you will need to write a one-page reflection on your spiritual growth through the semester. This reflection is due to convo@pepperdine.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013.

Exemption Requirements:

Mandatory Internship that is required for your major ONLY.

  • You must be taking an approved course below and bring a printout of your schedule showing you have enrolled in this course. 
  • You must also have the department chairperson e-mail convocation@pepperdine.edu or fax (310-506-4503) an official letter explaining that you are currently involved in an internship that is mandatory for your major.
      • COMM 595
      • BA 595
      • SAAJ 324
      • NPM 212 / NPM 312
      • GSGS 595
      • REL 595
      • ENG 595
      • FILM 324 / FILM 595
      • STW 695
      • EDUC 571, 581, 572, and 582
      • SW 595
      • PSYC 595

Distance:  Students living OVER 30 MILES ONLY validated by the shortest distance from Pepperdine's campus on Google Maps.

  • You must bring a printout of the google maps showing the shortest distance from Pepperine is 30 miles or more.  You must also bring proof of your residence through a current (within 60 days) official document (utility bill, phone bill, bank statement) to our office.

Adverse Medical Conditions:

  • You must bring documentation signed by a licensed physician for students who miss more than 6 weeks of school due to documented medical reasons.

Students over 30 years of age:

  • You must bring your driver's license for proof of birth date. After this, you will not have to reapply for exemption.

Students with Children:

  • You must bring a copy of your child's birth certificate.  After this, you will not have to reapply for exemption.

Students who have completed 8 semesters of Convocation at Pepperdine (does not include transfer credits):

  • You must bring a copy of your unofficial transcript showing that you have completed 8 semesters of convocation at Pepperdine.  After this, you will not have to reapply for exemption.

Exceptions for the Exemption Requirement:

Graduate, non-degree seeking, and part-time students (at of the end of the add/drop period) are automatically exempt from Convocation. 

PART-TIME STUDENTS: However, if you withdraw to part-time status, you must contact the Convocation department to be exempt by the 5th week of classes, after that you will no longer be allowed an exemption.