On April 2, 2014, Merrimack College announced that the Class of 2014 will be having the famous actor of It’s Always Sunny in Philedelphia and comedian Charlie Day as their upcoming Commencement speaker. Merrimack students expressed their excitement utilizing their favorite social networks with thankful tweets and Facebook posts.
His celebrity status isn’t the only thing that has the Merrimack students and faculty excited to hear Charlie Day speak at graduation. The anticipation stems from the connection the Merrimack community shares with the comedian–his Alma mater.
Kevin Salemme, Director of the Media Center at Merrimack remembers Charlie from his time spent as a student at MC. In an interview with Kevin, he reflects on Charlie’s days before his acting career truly took off. But how did Kevin get to know Charlie so well? “When he was a student here mid to late 90’s, he was in the Onstagers and he hung out with a group of kids that were also Fine Arts majors. He spent a lot of time in the media center and he was always joking around. I got to know him because we had a very similar sense of humor,” said Salemme.
Charlie’s natural born creativity and aspiration for the arts pushed him to move from North Andover to New York City to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. But first, he needed Kev’s help in taking a decent head shot to send out to agencies: “I remember when I took his first head shot and he signed it for me. After that he got called back for his first audition to be featured in a Gap commercial,” said Salemme.
Kevin Salemme and the current class of 2014 is overjoyed by Charlie Day’s expected presence come mid-May. As he has built up his career from his time spent as a Fine Arts student at Merrimack years ago, to now starring and producing his own televison series, the soon to be
Merrimack alums share a sense of pride in that of Charlie Day.