Pepperdine restructured its Convocation program for first-years and sophomore students and eliminated the requirement for juniors and seniors. Chaplain Sara Barton and Associate Chaplain Rachel Collins shared the vision behind the restructuring in an exclusive interview with the Graphic.
Spiritual Life Office
President Jim Gash announced changes to the Chaplain’s Office and a rebrand for Spiritual Life coming Aug. 1. The University will release more details regarding the Convocation program May 6.
It has been over a year since students gathered for Convocation, and a decision has not been announced about the future of spiritual life at Pepperdine. While students like the spiritual aspect of the University, they don’t want to feel forced to practice religion.
Convocation staff members Gus Peterson and Anneleise Graf were let go days before the start of the spring 2021 semester. Administration has yet to comment on the staff’s departure from Pepperdine but promises more information in the coming months regarding spiritual life programming.
The Pepperdine Spiritual Life Office rolls out new plans for the online fall 2020 semester.