Student poses with 4m-long alligator to celebrate graduation

This student went to extreme lengths to get the perfect graduation picture!

Makenzie Noland (21), a student at Texas A&M University in College Town, Texas, decided to celebrate her upcoming graduation in a very unusual way.

Wearing a pretty dress and graduation cap the 21-year old, who’s been studying wildlife and fisheries science at the university, was snapped posing with a 4m-long alligator, Mirror reports.

As part of her course Makenzie has been an intern at Gator Country rescue centre in Beaumont, Texas since May and has been working well with Bix Tex the alligator, even regularly entering the his pond to feed him, BBC reports.

“I get in the water with that animal every day,” she said. “He’s one of my best friends there!

“Starting from a young age I was always picking up snakes, holding animals, talking to kids and educating the public.”

Makenzie said she shared the post to show people the work she’s been doing at the centre, 12 News reports. “I kind of wanted to get in the water to show what I do every day, but in a nicer fashion.”

She’s set to receive her degree on Friday 10 August.

Sources: Mirror, BBC, 12 News