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GM Chief to Deliver Spring Commencement Address at U of M

Mar 10, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - General Motors Co.'s chief executive Mary Barra is expected to get an honorary degree when she speaks at the University of Michigan's spring commencement. 

GM CEO Mary Barra
Credit Zennie Abraham
The university says in a story posted on its website today that Barra will speak at the May 3 event at Michigan Stadium. The Ann Arbor News reported the confirmation earlier in the day. Barra is expected to get an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. The school's Board of Regents votes March 20 on whether to confer the degree. Five others are recommended for honorary degrees.

 Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker. The 52-year-old Barra took the top job at GM on Jan. 15 after chief executive Dan Akerson stepped down to help his wife battle cancer.