La Center — Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2016-2017 academic year at spring commencement on June 10. Faculty members from dozens of departments and programs selected one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the Year. Brynne Dykes of La Center graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in kinesiology and a specialization in pre-physical therapy, a minor in psychology and as the Outstanding Graduate in kinesiology. She also graduated from the University Honors Program and received the Washington Emerging Leader Award from the Society of Health and Physical Educators. She was the community meal program coordinator for Western Community Outreach, a student club that helps those experiencing homelessness in Bellingham, and volunteered with the Bellingham Food Bank and YMCA Trailblazers. Dykes is also working on an independent research project on preventing common tendon injuries in rock climbers, and is taking some time off after graduating to travel to New Zealand. Then she plans on attending graduate school to become a physical therapist.