Featured Alum: Charlie Day ’98
Charlie Day was among the first students 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 played shortstop on the Varsity baseball team.
Charlie currently stars in the hit television series, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, for which he also serves as a writer and executive producer. His other television credits include roles on Third Watch, Law and Order, and Reno 911! Charlie’s 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 in Performing Arts degree to Day during the College’s commencement exercises.
Laura Moore Pruett
Chair of Visual and Performing Arts
Associate Professor, Music