Student takes graduation photos with 14-foot-long alligator

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Texas A&M student includes special friend in graduation photos
Look at Big Tex's smile!

BEAUMONT, Texas (WPVI) -- With graduation a highlight for many students, it makes sense to get fun and creative with graduation pictures.

But one soon-to-be Texas A&M alumna's graduation pictures are giving 'see you later alligator,' a whole new meaning.

Makenzie Alexis Noland's graduation photos have captured the attention of many, as she included a special friend with her -- an alligator.

The Aggie student shared her photos last Friday with the caption "Not your typical graduation photo."

The photos, taken by Arlie Hammonds, show a sweet and interactive moment in the waters of Gator Country, where Noland interned. She's joined by the 14-foot alligator known as Big Tex.

Since its publication on Friday, Noland's post has more than 200 shares and it only keeps growing.

Noland will be graduating from Texas A&M with a major in Wildlife Ecology.


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