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NDSCS to honor U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan, Dr. Rodney Casad at 2012 graduation ceremony


Posted on 4/16/2012

Along with the 2012 graduating class, North Dakota State College of Science will honor two North Dakotans at its annual commencement ceremony on May 11 in Wahpeton, N.D. NDSCS will honor U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan with an Honorary Associate Degree and Dr. Rodney Casad with the title of Department Chair Emeritus.

Senator Dorgan was raised in Regent, N.D., and served as a Congressman and Senator for North Dakota for 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Senate in 2011. He served in the Senate Leadership for 16 years, first as Assistant Democratic Floor Leader and then as Chairman of the Democratic Policy Committee. While in the Senate, he served on the Commerce, Energy, and Appropriations committees. He was chairman of Senate Committees and Subcommittees on the issues of Indian Affairs, Energy, Aviation, and Energy and Water Appropriations.

He is now active in his post-senate life teaching, speaking, consulting, writing, and much more. He is a visiting professor at two universities lecturing on energy, economic policy, and political affairs. He works part-time as a senior policy advisor with the Washington, District of Columbia law firm Arent Fox. He is also a senior fellow with the Bipartisan Policy Center, working primarily on energy issues. He is chairing a new program at the Aspen Institute, which focuses on improving the lives of Native American children with an emphasis on teen suicide prevention.
Senator Dorgan is also the author of two books. The first is a New York Times bestseller, "Take this Job and Ship It," and a second book, "Reckless…How Debt, Deregulation and Dark Money Nearly Bankrupted America (And How We Can Fix It)." He has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Denver.

Rodney Casad, D.D.S., is a native North Dakotan born and raised in McVille. Dr. Casad attended the University of North Dakota, and received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1960. Upon graduation, he entered the United States Army Dental Corps, serving two years at Fort Knox, Ky.
He began private practice in Elbow Lake, Minn. in 1962, and in 1966 he accepted a faculty appointment at what was then called the North Dakota State School of Science, as Director of the Dental
Hygiene Program.

Dr. Casad served 28 years as the dental department's supervising dentist and department chair, retiring in 1994. In the course of his 28 years, the dental department's graduates dramatically changed the face of dental treatment in offices throughout North Dakota and its surrounding states. He was actively involved in his profession at the state and national level, holding membership in the North Dakota Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and Fellowship in the International College of Dentists. He served as a consultant for the ADA's Commission on Dental Accreditation and as a member of the Dental Assisting Accreditation Review Committee. He was a research investigator for clinical trials held by Merck, Beecham, and Proctor & Gamble, among others.

The graduation ceremony honoring these two North Dakotans will be held on Friday, May 11, at 3 p.m. at the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton, N.D.

NDSCS is a two-year, comprehensive college with a residential campus located in Wahpeton, N.D., and a commuter campus, referred to as NDSCS-Fargo, located in north Fargo, N.D. NDSCS offers degrees, certificates and diplomas in over 80 academic options in traditional career and technical studies as well as liberal arts. The College also offers a variety of distance education and online courses. Approximately 99 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing additional education.

Unlike most two-year colleges, NDSCS in Wahpeton boasts a university atmosphere with over 20 affiliated student clubs and organizations, music groups, theater productions, intercollegiate athletics, intramural athletics and numerous social activities.
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