Akron mom to miss son's high school graduation due to declined visa application

Jesus Gudino to receive high school diploma Monday

AKRON, Ohio - Firestone High School senior Jesus Gudino's goal in life is to become a weatherman. He even received a plaque from school honoring him for his weather reports during morning announcements.

"I'm in love with Mother Nature," shared Jesus.

On Monday, Jesus will receive his diploma during commencement at the high school. Though he loves mother nature, his most important female influence, his mom Maria Gudino, will not be able to see him graduate.

In December, Maria returned to her native Mexico to apply for a visa. The application process got delayed and she has been detained there ever since.

The family hoped the process would be completed in time for Jesus's graduation Monday, but they just found out this past week that Maria's paper work was declined.

The family believed a U.S. Embassy clerical error caused the visa application delay. The Gudino's had no indication when Maria might return to Akron.

"What might happen is we have to re-apply again in order to get her a visa," said Jesus.

Jesus is the oldest of four brothers. Due to missing their mom, Jesus's two younger brothers returned to Mexico to be with her. Jesus and his dad, Jesus Gudino Sr., are doing their best to keep things running at their Akron home.

"Very frustrated, but I keep hope that things will work out and I'll make a way," said Jesus Sr. "We're going to process the application again and we're going to have faith that things will work out and she will return."

For Jesus, finishing up his senior year was tough without Maria there to provide him the support he was used to having.

"You're missing that rock from part of your heart and that's the thing that destroys you," said Jesus.

Receiving his diploma Monday will be bittersweet with Maria not in attendance to hug and kiss him afterward.

"It's going to be really tough but I have a lot of people that support me and I have to face it and I know my mom will be proud of the things that I have done," shared Jesus.

Jesus was appreciative of all the support the family has received from the Akron community since arriving in 2004.

"I'm just deeply moved by how he's handling this and his concern for his family and yet his determination to reach his goals and how important that is," said Akron Public Schools Project RISE program manager Debra Manteghi.




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