Graziadio School of Business and Management Hosts Fall 2016 Commencement

The Graziadio School of Business and Management fall 2016 commencement ceremony took place at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu on December 10.

The event honored Robert Kyncl (MBA ’97) as the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award. Derrick J. van Rensburg, the new dean of the Graziadio School, delivered the commencement address to graduates.

Kyncl is the chief business officer for YouTube, the world-renowned video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. In this role, Kyncl oversees all business functions including content, sales, marketing, platforms, access, and strategy.

Van Rensburg is the ninth dean of the Graziadio School. Previously serving as president of global ventures at The Coca-Cola Company, he began his position at Pepperdine on November 1, bringing
to the role 32 years of global business experience across eight countries. His expertise includes general management, strategic entrepreneurship and venturing, and organizational leadership and renewal across cultures.

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