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Rawls College December 2023 Banner Bearer: Luke Rotondo

Get to know a little bit about Luke Rotondo, a soon-to-be finance and supply chain management graduate and the December 2023 Banner Bearer for the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business.

Jacob Gordon | December 12, 2023

The banner bearer title is given to a student who best represents the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business through achieving academic excellence, participating in extracurricular activities and demonstrating a high level of professionalism.

The December 2023 banner bearer for Rawls College is Luke Rotondo, a finance and supply chain management major.

What's your major, and why did you choose it?

I am a double major in finance and supply chain management. I chose these majors because they allow me to see the full spectrum of business, from the financing, investing, and accounting portions all the way to physical business operations, logistics, and forecasting. I believe this combination has allowed me to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions.

What was your favorite class, or who was your favorite instructor?

I would say Dr. Bobby Merriman's financial statements analysis class was my favorite. Dr. Merriman taught his students with passion, and I enjoyed the material. The end-of-semester investment report project was especially challenging, but it allowed me to put my knowledge to the test. I cannot express how much this course has helped me in my professional experience.

What is one thing about Rawls College that stood out to you?

I remember around the time of my junior year of high school, when my peers and I started doing university visits, I always felt like just a number or another cog at those huge universities. While Rawls College is certainly as big as, if not bigger than, some of those other institutions, they always made me feel at home and that my goals and aspirations here mattered. Never once were my ideas, goals, or aspirations shot down in advising meetings, classes, or in the many clubs and organizations I was a part of at Rawls College. The reality of being nine hours away from home, but still feeling at home, is something not many places can replicate.

Where did you grow up, and what was your life before Rawls College like?

I was born in Houston and raised in Missouri City, Texas. I am the son of Anne and Anthony Rotondo and the oldest brother to Benjamin and Tate Rotondo. Growing up, I specifically enjoyed the outdoors, sports, friends, and trying new things. One of my favorite activities growing up was going to Tech football games in the fall. My dad, who is a Rawls College graduate of ‘89, took me to at least one game each year since I was seven years old. It is safe to say my Texas Tech fandom began early.

I was exposed to the business world at a young age, as my father founded and ran his own company when I was a child. Being able to witness the fruits of my dad's labor as an entrepreneur and successful businessman has always inspired me to achieve more.

How did it feel when you were selected to be the banner bearer for Rawls College?

I was completely surprised and unbelievably honored when I got the email asking if I would be the banner bearer. I was emotional telling my parents about it, and I thanked them for their support. It was a very special moment for me.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am moving back home to Houston to begin my career in corporate finance and investments. Additionally, I am planning to begin studying for the CFA and will hopefully pass the first part this upcoming summer.

What will you miss most about Rawls College?

Definitely the relationships. Some of the closest friends I have made have been through the Rawls College. Being able to walk into class for the first time and be surrounded by friendly faces and caring instructors has made my college experience great.

To all my fellow students still in Rawls College, don't take a moment for granted. College goes by faster than you think.

Rotondo will lead his fellow Rawls College students into the United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday, December 16 at 9 a.m. for the commencement ceremony