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Graduate Commencement

Undergraduate Commencement

Frank Van Buren ’88: Undergrad Commencement Speaker

Frank Van Buren

Frank Van Buren is a managing director and development officer leader of CIB–Banking, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has been a Wells Fargo team member for 25 years. Van Buren oversees the strategic initiatives and execution related to the recruiting, staffing, coaching, training and development, and retention of Banking emerging talent.

From 2019 until first quarter 2023, he held the position of development officer for the M and A and Regional Investment Banking businesses, responsible for managing and developing vice presidents, associates, and analysts across the two groups.

Previously, Van Buren spent 16 years on the trading floor as a director on the high yield sales and trading team. Prior to joining the trading floor in August 2003, he spent over five years in the banking division as part of the industrial coverage group.

Van Buren advocates for veterans, is deeply involved in Wells Fargo’s Veterans Employment Transition (VET) Program since inception.

He served six years in the US Army as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot flying nation building, drug interdiction, air cavalry operations, and MEDEVAC missions in Central America, Germany, and the Middle East. These experiences are shared in his published book Life Lessons from The Cockpit.

Van Buren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1988. At Ship he played intercollegiate football, earned All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference honors, and held five school records. He earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.

Van Buren joined the Board of Directors for the Veterans Bridge Home and Shippensburg University Foundation in the fall of 2023.

Dr. Ryan Carpenter ’10M: Graduate Commencement Speaker

Ryan Carpenter

Dr. Ryan Carpenter ’10M serves as a special advisor for the Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP), a non-partisan, non-profit focused on America’s long-term techno-economic competitiveness.

Prior to this role he served as a program analyst at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, director for research and analysis at the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, staff officer in the Executive Secretariat at the National Security Council, and oral historian in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ryan graduated from Shippensburg University in 2010 with an MA in applied history. He went on to earn a PhD in history from Catholic University, where his dissertation focused on the Reagan Administration’s budgetary policy and the impact on national security policy. He and his wife Andrea ’11 live in the Washington, DC metro area with their three sons.

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