Texas A&M student takes graduation photos with alligator

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A soon-to-be Texas A&M University graduate has taken her senior portraits with a nearly 14-foot alligator in a swamp where both spent the summer.

Makenzie Noland of Abilene posted photos of the huge gator — named Big Tex — on her Facebook page as she plans to graduate Friday in College Station.

Noland is a wildlife ecology major who’s been interning at Gator Country Adventure Park in Beaumont. She posted the comment “not your typical graduation picture” with the photos, with Noland wearing a Texas A&M cap and banner.

Noland, who’s seen standing in thigh-deep water , says it’s what she’s been doing all summer with Big Tex during shows at Gator Country.

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One photo posted online by Noland shows her senior class ring atop the alligator’s nose.