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There’s a never a dull or lonely moment for Jaymison Miller who is one of 12 kids in his family. Jaymison, who graduated from NMSU in 2013 with two bachelor’s degrees in counseling and community psychology and Spanish, is one of eight siblings proud to be an Aggie.

NMSU is a second home for the Miller family, which has eight of 12 siblings currently in the NMSU system along with two graduates. Staying in Las Cruces and attending NMSU has allowed the family members, from top left: Braydon, Clayton, Jaymison, Christian, Colton, Leanora, Aben, Natasha, Sasha, Addison, Jason, Randi, Lana and Pauline Miller, to stay close.

Five of his siblings, Christian, Clayton, Aben, Addison and Leanora, are all currently attending NMSU with their majors varying from business to communications. Another sister, Lana, is studying at Doña Ana Community College to pursue a criminal justice degree. Jaymison also has two more younger sisters, Natasha and Sasha, who are taking dual-credit classes at DACC while still in high school.

Yet, Jaymison isn’t the only one graduated. Braydon, his older brother, earned his degree from NMSU in 2012 in information and communication technologies. 

Jaymison picked NMSU because of the affordability and the chance to stay close to his family in Las Cruces, and although he is graduated, Jaymison’s not done yet. He has applied for the social work program and hopes to start earning his master’s degree in fall 2019. 

He said the reason he wanted to pursue social work had everything to do with his family. Out of his 12 siblings, Jaymison’s parents adopted five of them. 

“My family had a lot to do with my decision in what I wanted to do for my master’s degree,” Jaymison says. “Being involved in my family has given me opportunities to work with a lot of people and help a lot of people in need. It’s something I’m really passionate about.”

While they might not all share the same genes, this family now shares an equally strong bond – Aggie pride.

“Having a lot of siblings at NMSU made NMSU feel even more like family,” Jaymison says. 

Melissa Rutter ’17