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April 24, 2007
Contact: Bob Otterson
Shorma, Tobin to receive honors during May 11 graduation ceremony
WAHPETON — The North Dakota State College of Science will award degrees, diplomas
and certificates to qualified graduates at its 2007 Commencement, scheduled May 11 at 7 p.m. in
the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center on the Wahpeton campus.
An anticipated 762 students are eligible for graduation.
The college also will make two special presentations that night. Edward F. Shorma, Wahpeton
entrepreneur, will receive the college’s sixth honorary associate degree as part of the ceremony.
Donald J. Tobin, who retired in 1995 after 28 years of service to NDSCS, will be recognized as
vice president emeritus. Tobin served as vice president of student affairs from 1985 until his
A reception honoring Shorma and Tobin will be held before graduation at 5:30 p.m. in Room
73 of the Activities Center.
Starting with a shoe repair shop he bought in 1954, Ed Shorma has written several business
success stories. In all, Shorma has developed eight companies that manufacture products made of
fabric, rubber, metal, wood and plastic that are sold in the U.S. and international markets.
WCCO Belting — originally Wahpeton Canvas Company — is a leading manufacturer of
rubberized belting, primarily for agricultural equipment.
Two others that since have been sold still operate manufacturing plants in Wahpeton.
PrimeWood, Inc. was the first U.S. manufacturer to produce veneer-wrapped wood products.
PrimeBoard was launched to manufacture WheatBoard, a particle board made of wheat straw. It
was the first plant of its kind in the world.
Shorma was named North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year and the U.S. Small
Business Person of the Year in 1982. He was named Inc. magazine’s Midwest regional