Charlie Day from ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’ gave the commencement address at his Alma Mater, Merrimack College and he was amazing! Watch the inspiring speech here.
Charlie Day, 38, gave a perfect commencement speech to the 2014 class of Merrimack College. Opening up about his own personal experience at the college and sending a powerful message of not being afraid of failure, the It’s Always Sunny star’s address was both powerful and hilarious!
Charlie Day’s Commencement Speech Empowers The Class of 2014
Charlie Day graduated from Merrimack College in 1998, but has returned to his Alma Mater once more to receive a honorary doctorate and to give the commencement address to the graduating class of 2014.
Starting off his speech on a light note, the funny actor jokes that he is now Dr. Charlie Day, which sounds like the name of a DJ. He also joked that he is honored to be joining the ranks of other celebrities who have been bestowed with honorary doctoral degrees such as Mike Tyson and Kermit The Frog. “I plan on writing my own prescriptions immediately,” he added!
At the end of Charlie’s college career he was faced with two choices. He could either move to Boston and accept a job offer from Fidelity , or he could take a risk and move to New York to try and become a actor.
Choosing to go with the riskier option, Charlie turned down the position and packed for New York saying, “Having a plan B can muddy up your plan A.”
Charlie’s Plan: Always Believe In Yourself
The theme of Charlie’s inspirational speech is to always believe in yourself and to not be afraid of failure.
“Had I worked at Fidelity, I am sure they would have fired me eventually, I can barely do long division, but I didn’t want to fail at Fidelity and I did not want to fail in Boston,” he said. “If I was going to run the risk of failure, I wanted to be in the place that I would be proud to fail, doing what I wanted to do.”
Charlie chose to bet on himself, and turned down a role on Life on a Stick which only lasted for one season and decided to instead develop It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Charlie definitely made the right decision, It’s Always Sunny is now in it’s 10th season and has been renewed for at least two more years.
All jokes aside, Charlie left the graduates with a important message, “Creating the job instead of waiting for it to be offered to me was the way to go. I think there is an obvious lesson here, don’t wait for your break, make your break. Go make it happen for yourself”
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers? Did you like Charlie’s speech? Was his message a good one to share with graduates?
— Caitlin Beck