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50 Ways to Celebrate

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Join us in finding meaningful and significant ways for you to show your waves spirit and celebrate this momentous occasion for GSEP. Below are fifty different ways you can help us honor our history and embrace our future. Share how you've helped celebrate with #GSEPTurns50


 1. Learn about our history

Check out the history of GSEP and learn about the impact we have made on our community.

 2. Show your GSEP spirit

Wear some special Waves gear and browse our bookstore. Check back for commemorative 50th-anniversary memorabilia!

 3. Share your story

We would love to hear from you on how GSEP has made an impact on your life. You can submit your story and photos.

 4. Follow us on social media

 5. Get in touch with old classmates

Expand your network with PeppConnect!

 6. Help us unlock $500,000!

Make a donation today in honor of our 50th anniversary. All donations of $50 or more will receive a commemorative 50th-anniversary gift!

 7. Follow our community's notable social channels

Check out just a few of our all-star alumni and faculty

 8. Contribute to our digital birthday card

Submit your best wishes and prayers for our next 50 years. You can submit your testimonial and we will compile your story.

 9. Read about GSEP’s 50 distinguished alumni

We are so proud of our alumni!

Discover more about our latest distinguished alumni.

 10. Spread the word

Share this page with five of your alumni friends! It's a great way to get back in touch too!

 11. Stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest!

Read about what's new at GSEP we are up to in our newsroom!

 12. Try our 50th anniversary quiz

Test your GSEP knowledge with this fun 50th-anniversary quiz, to be available soon!

 13. Zoom backgrounds

Check out our 50th-anniversary Zoom backgrounds, which will be posted soon!

 26. Lifelong Learning Women’s Forum

Stay current on events and hear sound, logical, and innovative positions related to issues that shape our world through our Lifelong Learning Women's Forums.

 27. Scavenger hunt on the GSEP website

Take your mind for a stroll with our virtual scavenger hunt. Find hidden objects and follow the clues to the finish line.

More details will be provided soon.

 28. Download our special lock screen

Enjoy a new lock screen image!

 29. Instagram GSEP 50th anniversary filters

Share the fun with our new GSEP 50th anniversary stickers and filters. Don't forget to use our hashtag #GSEPTurns50.

 30. Take a virtual tour of GSEP

See what's new on campus! Our virtual tour will be posted soon.

 31. Professor memories

Be on the lookout for the memories and work of some of our notable faculty members on our Instagram page.

 32. Celebrate an alumnus or faculty member

Who at GSEP had an impact on you? We want to know! Share your inspiring story!

 33. Join our Associate’s Program

When you make a gift of $1,000 or more annually, you join our leadership giving program and become an invaluable partner in advancing graduate education.

 34. Invest in the future

By creating or contributing to an endowment, you are providing essential funding, in perpetuity, to the people, programs, and places that are shaping GSEP now and will do so in the future. To learn more about endowments, contact Laura at Laura.Galloway@pepperdine.edu or 310.258.2880.

 35. Leave a legacy with a lasting impact

Work with our team of planned giving professionals and make a gift that accomplishes your personal and philanthropic goals. Contact Laura at Laura.Galloway@pepperdine.edu or 310.258.2880.

 36. Increase your impact with matching gifts!

Does your employer match philanthropic donations to Pepperdine? Check our database to see if your gift could qualify for a company match. If so, your impact could be doubled, even tripled! Let us know about your employer's philanthropic program, and we can help you with the paperwork.

 37. Read an esteemed faculty/alumnus' book

Check out one of the books on our list of faculty and alumni authors, which will be posted soon.

 38. Foster Grandparent Program

See what the Foster Grandparent Program is doing in the community!

 14. Listen to our 50th anniversary playlists

Whether you want something to study, dance, or worship—we have a playlist for you! Our playlist link is coming soon.

 15. Attend a trivia night!

Answer fun trivia questions at a trivia night while helping us give back to GSEP. Trivia night dates to be announced soon!

 16. Lighting Talks: 50-second seminars

If you have a minute of downtime, listen to our Lighting Talks and learn something new! Talks will be available soon.

 17. Attend a virtual tea with Dean Williams

It's tea time! Join Dean Helen Easterling Williams for a virtual tea and say hello to fellow classmates. More details to follow.

 18. Spend an evening with Pepperdine Arts

Enjoy an evening with Pepperdine Arts and GSEP. More details to follow

 19. Attend #Jamii

Join us for the #Jamii Online Career Series.

 20. Attend a DLS event

 21. Attend a Diversity Council event

The GSEP Diversity Council invites you to learn more about what we are doing to make our community a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.

 22. Attend a Sacred Centering gathering

Renew your spirit at our monthly Sacred Centering gatherings!

 23. Livestream of GSEP’s commencement

Cheer for this year's graduates on our commencement livestream. More details to follow.

 24. Participate in Give2Pepp

Mark your calendar for our annual Pepperdine Giving Day! 3.10.21

 25. View a symposium presentation

The GSEP Research Symposium is a forum to showcase our amazing faculty, staff, and student presentations. More information to come. See our past symposium lineup.

 39. Aliento

Learn more about Aliento, the Center for Latina/o Communities at GSEP, and our MA in clinical psychology: emphasis in marriage and family therapy with Latinas/os program.

 40. California Association for Bilingual Education

Join the California Association for Bilingual Education, and contribute to a discussion about multilingualism, multiculturalism, and educational equity for the communities we serve across Los Angeles.

 41. Watch the SEC Fast Pitch

Think of a fast pitch as a Shark Tank for social good. Come join graduating students in the Social Entrepreneurship and Change (SEC) master's program as they pitch their plans for social enterprises that address some of society's most complex challenges. We'll provide more details on our 2021 Fast Pitch in the days to come.

 42. Urban Initiative 2.0

Learn about how GSEP serves the needs of our urban neighbors.

 43. Sponsor an event

There are many ways we can help promote your business, and one of the best is to sponsor one of our alumni events. Contact Laura at Laura.Galloway@pepperdine.edu or 310.258.2880 for more information.

 44. Reminisce with our photography archives

Peruse our collection of University photos dating back to the very beginning of the school. It's sure to appeal to your nostalgic heart.

 45. GSEP today

Learn about GSEP today and our plans for the next 50 years.

 46. Continuing education

Be a lifelong learner and attend one of our continuing education classes or consider another degree.

 47. Be our guest

Once it is safe, restrictions are lifted, and you feel comfortable we would love for you to visit us.

 48. Step Forward Day

Be on the lookout for updates on how you can make a difference and participate in our annual day of volunteering.

 49. Upload one of your favorite photos

We are creating an online digital album. Upload one of your favorite photos with a caption and we will share it in the album.

 50. Let us know how you want to celebrate!

Did we omit a way to commemorate our anniversary? Let us know and we will incorporate it into our year-long celebration.

Contact Laura at Laura.Galloway@pepperdine.edu or 310.258.2880.