"Not your typical graduation photo" is right!

By Meghan Overdeep
August 06, 2018
Facebook/Makenzie Alexis Noland

Texas A&M grad Makenzie Noland wasn't joking when she said her graduation photos weren't "typical."

Noland, who is earning a degree in Wildlife Ecology, stunned her Facebook friends (and the world) on Friday when she shared three photos from her photo shoot which featured a 14-foot alligator known as Big Tex. The caption, "not your typical graduation photo," speaks for itself.

The photos, taken by Arlie Hammonds at Gator Country in Beaumont, Texas, show Noland getting up close and personal with the alligator in the murky waters. One pic even shows Big Tex balancing Noland's class ring on his scaly snout.

KTXS reports that as an intern at Gator Country, Noland's job educating visitors required her to get in the water with the gentle giants, including Big Tex.

"He's one of my best friends here," she told the station.

Over the past few months she's gotten very comfortable working with him and the other fearsome-looking gators. "Each day she feeds him, tickles his nose and gives him kisses," added KTXS.

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Noland added that the 1,000 lb. gator currently holds the U.S. record for the "largest gator caught alive."

You go, girl!