University of Tartu’s largest ever alumni get-together takes place on 18 May

The participants will not only have joyful reunions, but are also offered tours, concerts, brainstorming sessions, a mass sing-along and a grand alumni party featuring well-known musicians.

The message of the alumni day in the centenary year of Estonia’s national university is getting together and keeping together. On this special day, the whole city of Tartu is there for the university graduates: numerous events take place and special areas are prepared in the city space for the alumni to feel good. The programme of the get-together and the events held in institutes is available on the alumni get-together website.

The easiest way to find former classmates and friends is by means of the university’s alumni network UTalumni. Besides alumni who have spent their student years in Tartu, the university also expects the graduates of the colleges as well as the former and current employees of the university to take part in the reunion.

The day starts at 12 with a gathering in front of the main building of the university, where Rector Toomas Asser welcomes the alumni. Brainstorming sessions are held on Toome Hill and focus on topics such as the university’s future, the uniqueness and advantages of Tartu, and the involvement of alumni in the activities of the city and the University of Tartu. A screening of the newly restored version of “Alma Mater Tartuensis”, a 1932 documentary by Theodor Luts, takes place in the university assembly hall.

At 18 all participants gather in the Town Hall Square to show the feeling of unity between the alma mater and the alumni and join in a mass sing-along. If more than 4300 graduates gather in the square, it will be the world’s largest alumni get-together and a new Guinness world record will be set. The participants will thereafter go to the party held in the University of Tartu Sports Hall. The party starts with speeches, followed by a grand entertainment programme featuring well-known musicians and groups, including Curly Strings, Ultima Thule and Marten Kuningas.

Tickets are available in Piletilevi. The ticket can be exchanged for a wristband, which ensures entrance to all events during the day and discounts in various cafes and museums in Tartu.

More information about the get-together is available on

Further information: Karl Vetemaa, UT Senior Specialist for Marketing, Project Manager, +372 5880 4541,

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