Fearless Student Poses With 14-Foot Alligator For Graduation Photos

College grad gives new meaning to, "See ya later alligator!"

August 07, 2018 - 1:18 pm

This college student is saying, “See ya later alligator,” with an actual gator to commemorate her graduation.

Mackenzie Alexis Noland posed with a 14-foot rescued alligator named "Big Tex" for a unique way to celebrate her upcoming diploma from Texas A&M.

“I thought it would make for a great way to highlight what I have done at my internship as well as showing how excited I am for graduating at Texas A&M,” Noland told Radio.com.

The 21-year-old spent her last semester interning with Arlie Hammonds, who owns Gator Country, an animal rescue center in Texas. The college grad added, “No, I was not scared, Arlie has taught me everything I know and is constantly watching the alligator making sure he is acting right and nothing unusual is happening. I do this every day but this time I was wearing a dress!”

She also didn’t just get a memorable moment with the 1,000-pound alligator, he also balanced her college ring for a memorable photo.

Noland majored in wildlife ecology and would love to work at a zoo or with animals, but she never expected her photos to capture the attention of thousands.

“I’m so excited about this! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be getting this much attention," Noland exclaimed. "I am just a small-town girl from a nowhere town in Texas!”