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The Finding Aid of the Pepperdine University Commencement Collection 0022
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Historical note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Pepperdine University Commencement Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: 0022
    Contributing Institution: Pepperdine University. Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 48.02 linear feet (42 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1938-2014
    Abstract: The collection consists of materials related to commencement ceremonies held at Pepperdine University, including video recordings, photographs, printed material, memorabilia, and programs. Materials in the collection span from 1938 to 2014, and document commencement ceremonies held at all five schools of Pepperdine: George Pepperdine College/Seaver College, the Graziadio School of Business and Management, the Graduate School of Education and Psychology, the School of Law, and the School of Public Policy.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Pepperdine University Commencement Collection, Collection no. 0022, Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries, Pepperdine University.

    Historical note

    Commencements at Pepperdine began at George Pepperdine College in 1938, which became Pepperdine University in 1971. In 1972, the Malibu campus of Pepperdine opened, and commencement ceremonies were then held at both the Malibu and Los Angeles campuses. The College of Arts and Sciences at the Los Angeles Campus was renamed the School of General (later Professional) Studies in 1975, but was disbanded in 1981 when Pepperdine sold their Los Angeles location. In 1975, the liberal arts college on the Malibu Campus was dedicated as the Frank R. Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Science, and is most commonly known as Seaver College today. Along with these two main campuses, Pepperdine also maintained extension programs at off-site locations which included sites like Hawaii along with international locations. These programs' flexible scheduling were designed to allow military personnel to complete academic degrees, but were discontinued in the 1970s due to their administrative costs.
    The first professional schools at Pepperdine were established in 1969, with the purchase of the Orange University College of Law which became Pepperdine's School of Law in 1970, as well as the reorganization of the business department into its own School of Business and Management (renamed the Graziadio School of Business and Management in 1996). In 1971, the education department also became its own School of Education, and in 1982 incorporated the psychology division and was renamed the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Pepperdine's newest school, the School of Public Policy, was established in 1997.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains items related to the commencement ceremonies held at all of the schools of Pepperdine, including video recordings, photographs, and programs of ceremonies; as well as other textual materials and memorabilia related to commencement including invitations and press releases. Materials in the collection range from 1938 to 2014.


    The collection is arranged into the following series: 1. Audio/Video Recordings; 2. Photographs; 3. Printed Material and Memorabilia; and 4. Programs.

    Processing Information note

    The collection was arranged and described by Jessica Geiser and Jamie Henricks in September, 2012. The finding aid was updated by Nicholas Primo, Monica Case, and Katie Richardson in February, 2015.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Graziadio School of Business and Management.
    Pepperdine College.
    Pepperdine University. Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
    Pepperdine University. School of Law.
    Pepperdine University. School of Public Policy.
    Pepperdine University.
    Seaver College.
    Christian universities and colleges--United States--History
    Commencement ceremonies
    Los Angeles (Calif.)--History
    Malibu (Calif.)--History
    Press releases
    Universities and colleges--Awards
    Universities and colleges--California--History