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Celebrating 50 Years at GSEP

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The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) invites you to join us in celebrating our founding 50 years ago. Since 1971 GSEP has been carrying out our mission to be an innovative learning community where individuals of diverse cultures and perspectives work collaboratively to foster academic excellence, social purpose, meaningful service, and personal fulfillment.

As exemplified by our predecessors, this mission continues to inspire us today as we prepare future generations to influence individuals and communities, both locally and globally, to transform into the best possible expression of themselves. With your continued support, our mission endures, grows, and thrives —just as it has since its humble beginnings.

50th anniversary history


Our history is one of excellence and innovation. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

Alumni Trailblazer Award Ceremony

50 Ways to Celebrate 

We're celebrating 50 years with 50 ways to celebrate. We invite you to be a part of this milestone and show your Waves spirit by joining us in the festivities. #GSEPTurns50

Female graduate waving at Commencement

Where We Are Now 

Rooted in our mission of purpose, service, and leadership, our values have remained the same over 50 years and will continue for the next 50 years. Yet we have grown in the areas of technology, leadership, diversity, innovation, and pedagogy.

Share Your Story

Share your connection to GSEP. We encourage anyone-alumni, faculty/staff, students, and community members-to tell us how GSEP has made an impact on your life. Your stories provide hope and inspire others to make a difference. Before we share your story we will reach out for your permission.


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The Path to Preeminence

To mark this momentous anniversary, GSEP is embarking on an ambitious and strategically focused plan for preeminence. This concentrated effort will secure private investments for key priorities and areas that will elevate GSEP to being a preeminent brand in higher education. We will be focused on three areas of growth: student success, faculty excellence, and innovative programs. Each priority will have a significant impact on the future success of GSEP with regard to our reputation, rankings, and impact within our fields of study. We look forward to partnering with our amazing GSEP community to meet these goals.

Contact Us

Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045