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Spring 2023 Commencement

Thursday, May 11, 2023

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VT Commencement 2023

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Commencement Speakers

Jake Lutz, 8:30 Ceremony

Jacob A. Lutz III (Jake) attended Virginia Tech, graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree – with distinction – in finance from the Pamplin College of Business, where he was also inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He then went on to the College of William and Mary, where he graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1981.

Jake began his legal career as an attorney for the Federal Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in Washington, D.C. where he handled failed bank M&A and other resolutions nationwide. He became a partner with what is now Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders, LLC in 1990 serving in the firm's Richmond office as managing partner.  He led the firm’s Financial Institutions Group for 20 years, representing national banks, state banks, thrifts, credit unions, securities firms, insurance companies, and related financial services providers domestically and internationally. At present he is a retired partner at the firm.

Jake has many years of distinguished volunteer service to Virginia Tech. In addition to serving on the board of visitors for two terms (from 2000 to 2008) and as rector (from 2006 to 2008), Jake served on the board of directors for the Virginia Tech Foundation (from 2006 to 2014) and served on its Executive Committee (from 2006 to 2008). as well as the Board of Directors for the Virginia Tech Alumni Association (2014 to present).  Within Pamplin, Jake is a member of the Pamplin Advisory Council (PAC) (from 2006 to present) and served as PAC president in 2019-2020. He is a member of the Dean’s Cabinet (2014 to present) and served as chair in 2020-2021.  Jake is a Distinguished Benefactor member of the Ut Prosim Society, in recognition of his generous philanthropy that sustains all areas of the university, as well as a member of the Hokie Club.

Jake is a member of the Board of Directors of the William & Mary Law School Foundation and its executive committee. He also served as a council member for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and as chair of the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute Policy Advisory Board (from 2002 to 2006). Jake is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Virginia Law Foundation.

Roben Dunkin, Noon Ceremony

Roben Dunkin is Chief Operations and Innovation Officer at PGIM, the investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc.

As Chief Operations and Innovation Officer, Dunkin plays a leadership role in defining PGIM’s innovation strategy, spearheading digital transformation and prioritizing data as an enterprise asset. She is responsible for several critical initiatives including PGIM’s central data architecture and governance, the modernization of cross‐business digital tools and capabilities, deploying robotics and automation, and enhancing cost efficiency and risk controls.

Dunkin joined PGIM in 2019 from Credit Suisse, where she spent over 11 years, most recently as the Global Head of Trade Validation, Client Asset Protection and Derivatives Clearing Technology. Previous roles at Credit Suisse included Head of Technology for Credit Suisse USA Holdings, Inc., Head of North America IT, Head of EMEA IT and Global Head of Client Technology. Prior to that, Roben was the Global Head of Sales and Investment Banking Technology at Lehman Brothers.

Dunkin received a Bachelor of Science in International Studies from Manhattan College. She is a member of the Management Advisory Board of Virginia Tech Pamplin School of Business, Women’s Bond Club, SIFMA Board, and the IIB Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Working Group. Dunkin was recognized as a Champion for Women at the 2015 Women in Banking and Finance Awards.