Words of wisdom

Kevin Iole

UFC president Dana White is quick to admit he wasn’t the academic type when he was in school. The library wasn’t one of his must-stop destinations.

But White said he was thrilled to be back in school on Saturday after having delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Hermon High School in Hermon, Maine.

White, who graduated in the Hermon Class of 1987, said he was thrilled when he was asked to deliver the address by school officials. “It was pretty cool,” White said. “If you would have asked me 10 years ago if this is where I would have been in 10 years, I would have laughed in your face.”

White talked to the graduates about his rise from a bellman in a Boston hotel to become the most recognizable face in mixed martial arts.

He said he urged them to get a job they’re passionate about.

“A lot of times, kids go to college and take a major because they do what they think they’re supposed to do,” White said. “I told them I believe 90 percent of America gets up in the morning and drives to a job they hate. That could have happened to me in the hotel industry.

“I told them to find what they’re passionate about and to go for that regardless of what anyone tells them. They can go to school and major in political science and say they want to be a doctor or a lawyer, but unless they’re passionate about what they do, they’re never really going to be happy or truly successful.”