Weekly roundup: A moment in the sun, Irvine’s next elementary school, perfect attendance and more

Throughout the year, the Orange County Register has been sharing the story of Riley McCoy, a Dana Hills High senior who was born with a rare genetic disease that prevents her from sun exposure.

Riley McCoy in a cap and gownRiley, diagnosed as an infant with xeroderma pigmentosum, or XP, became homecoming queen, attended her first dance, sang in the school play and went to prom.

And this week she graduated from Dana Hills High, walking across a stadium stage during the day with the rest of her class.  

“She has taught everybody at this school what love really means,” one administrator said.

While her mother initially lobbied for a special ceremony indoors, Riley said she wanted to be among friends.

“She wanted to be the same,” her mother told the newspaper.

So her family secured a specially designed hood to protect her from the sun’s rays.

Register reporter Keith Sharon posted this article about Thursday’s commencement, along with a video and links to parts one, two, three and four of Riley’s story.

And here are some other education stories to catch you up.

  • A top contender for California governor has opened up about his struggles with a neurological learning disability that affects between 5 and 20 percent of the population.

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