General Motors CEO Mary Barra expected to speak at University of Michigan commencement

DETROIT (AP) - A person familiar with the event says that new General Motors chief executive Mary Barra is expected to speak at the University of Michigan's spring commencement in May.

The person asked not to be identified Wednesday because the speaker hasn't been officially announced. Barra is the first woman to head a major U.S. automaker.

The person says Barra's appearance has been cleared by GM and is awaiting final approval from the university.

The Associated Press left a telephone message with the university Wednesday afternoon seeking comment. The Detroit News reported Barra's expected appearance Wednesday morning.

The spring commencement takes place May 3 at Michigan Stadium.

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.

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