Charlie Day ’98
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” star Charlie Day was among the first students to major in fine arts at Merrimack College.
During his time at Merrimack, Day completed a thesis on the role of the theater director and staged a production of John Guare’s play, “The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year.” Day was also active with the OnStagers Dramatic Society and played shortstop for the varsity baseball team.
Day stars in the hit television series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” alongside actors Danny Devito and Rob McElhenney. He also serves as a writer and executive producer. His other television credits include roles on “Third Watch,” “Law and Order” and “Reno 911!” His film work has included roles in “Horrible Bosses,” “Going the Distance,” “Pacific Rim” and “Monsters University.”
Class of 2014 Commencement Speaker
Day delivered the keynote address at Merrimack’s 64th undergraduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18, 2014. He delighted a packed Lawler Arena audience with his humor, but ended with a serious message for graduates, telling them to take risks and not fear failure: “I don’t think you should just do what makes you happy,” he said. “Do what makes you great.”
Merrimack President Christopher E. Hopey awarded an honorary doctorate of performing arts to Day during the ceremony.