World-renown musician, conductor, and accompanist Gerald Steichen will address candidates for graduation at Northern Oklahoma College of Tonkawa announcement exercises on Saturday, May 4.

NOC Tonkawa candidates, joined by NOC Stillwater candidates, will begin exercises in the Foster-Piper Fieldhouse on the Tonkawa campus at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4. NOC enid will have their ceremonies that same day as they will enter Briggs Auditorium on the Enid campus at 3 p.m.

Pinning ceremonies for graduates from the NOC nursing program will take place May 3-4. In Stillwater, the ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in the NOC Stillwater Classroom Building Commons. On the Tonkawa campus, the ceremony is set for noon on Saturday, May 4, in the Kinzer Performing Arts Center. The Enid Ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. May 4, in the Briggs Auditorium.

Steichen was born in Tonkawa where he graduated high school and attended Northern Oklahoma College. Steichen’s father, Bob, served as director of counseling and taught band and psychology at NOC for 21 years. The entire Steichen family, Jerry and his five siblings, all attended NOC.

Steichen continued his education at Oklahoma City University, graduating summa cum laude with a degree in piano performance. Steichen made his professional debut with Tulsa Opera, conducting performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in student matinees. He was the first music director of the Tulsa Opera Studio.

Steichen has conducted the Boston Pops, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and appeared on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America.