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Memorial Service to be held on April 22 for Maria Teresa Velez

Submitted on April 15, 2016
Photograph of Dr. Maria Teresa Velez's Memorial Poster

Please join in honoring the life of our friend, colleague, champion of diversity, and beloved family member, Dr. Maria Teresa Velez, Associate Dean of the Graduate College, who passed away suddenly on April 13, 2016 after a short but intense battle with cancer.

Maria Teresa, known by many as MT, was an irreplaceable fixture at the Graduate College. She transformed the graduate enterprise both in terms of promoting student diversity and inclusion and pushing for the highest levels of excellence. She is also to be remembered for her kindness and generosity and the way she invested all of her energy in seeing the success of her graduate students.

A memorial service jointly hosted by her family and the Graduate College is scheduled for Friday April 22, 2016 from  5:00 – 7:00 PM at the University of Arizona Grand Ballroom.


The University of Arizona’s Grand Ballroom is located on the third level of the Student Union Memorial Center, at 1303 E University Blvd, at the intersection of Mountain Avenue and Second Street.  Visitor parking is available at many locations on campus, as noted on the map available at


The program will begin at 5:30 PM with remarks from members of Dr. Velez’s family and the University of Arizona community. Music will be provided by the UA Fred Fox School of Music and light refreshments will be offered.

Additional opportunities for expressions of condolence or tribute:

Cards may be sent to the family in care of the Graduate College:

Graduate College

University of Arizona

Tucson AZ 85721, USA

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the: 

Dr. Maria Teresa Velez Scholarship 

c/o Las Adelitas

PO Box 27716

Tucson, AZ 85726 

Note: please do not send donations to the Graduate College; send any checks directly to Las Adelitas.