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  •    Charlie visited with President Hopey in Hollywood December 2013.

    Charlie visited with President Hopey in Hollywood December 2013.

  •    Charlie sported a Merrimack lacrosse shirt in a 2012 episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    Charlie sported a Merrimack lacrosse shirt in a 2012 episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

  •    Charlie’s first portfolio photo, taken by MC’s Kevin Salemme back in the day.

    Charlie’s first portfolio photo, taken by MC’s Kevin Salemme back in the day.

  •    Charlie Day ’98 with Director of Media Instructional Services Kevin Salemme in May 2014.

    Charlie Day ’98 with Director of Media Instructional Services Kevin Salemme in May 2014.

  •    Charlie is an alumnus of the Class of 1998.

    Charlie is an alumnus of the Class of 1998.

  •    Actor Charlie Day ’98 with students majoring in Theatre Arts in May 2014.   View the gallery from Charlie’s visit, including a festival of selfies »

    Actor Charlie Day ’98 with students majoring in Theatre Arts in May 2014.
    View the gallery from Charlie’s visit, including a festival of selfies »

Featured Alum: Charlie Day ’98


Charlie was among the first to major in Fine Arts at Merrimack College, where he completed a thesis on the role of the theatre director, and staged a production of John Guare’s play The Loveliest Afternoon of the Year.  Charlie was also active with the Onstagers Dramatic Society and was a short stop on the Varsity baseball team.

Charlie currently stars in the hit television series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, where he also serves as a writer and executive producer.  Other television credits include roles on “Third Watch”, “Law and Order”, and “Reno 911!”  His film work includes “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. He delighted a packed Lawler Arena on Sunday, May 18, with his humor, but ended with a serious message to the graduates. He told 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.”

Day was awarded an honorary doctorate in performing arts by President Christopher E. Hopey at the college’s 64th commencement exercises.