the biggest alumni


18 May 2019 

We are inviting you to the biggest University of Tartu alumni get-together! 
In 2019, the 386-year-old University of Tartu celebrates the centenary of the Estonian-language university. To mark this event, we will organise the biggest ever alumni convention, which focuses on people of the University of Tartu: you and your fellow graduates. 
As a part of the programme, we are also trying to set the Guinness World Record as the world's largest alumni event. The presence of every alumnus of the University of Tartu counts!

Dear alumnus of the University of Tartu!


Spring in Tartu – these words carry the spirit and vitality of our students. It is something you won’t forget even when decades have passed since your student years. This is why I invite you to Tartu this spring, on 18 May. Let’s show at the alumni meeting of the 100-year-old Estonian national university how strong and loyal the graduates of the University of Tartu are. Let’s make it the biggest alumni get-together in the world!

On the alumni day you will be able to revisit your unforgettable student days by attending lectures, taking tours of the academic buildings, going to exhibitions or the cinema and, of course, doing sports and having fun at the party.


Our graduates are our treasure – they are the university’s ambassadors all over the world. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Estonian national university, we organise a brainstorming session for our alumni and the people of Tartu. Come and share your experience and have a say in the future of the Estonian society.


I also invite you to join the alumni network of the University of Tartu. This is where you will find your coursemates and the best friends of your student years.


Let's get together!

Toomas Asser

Rector of the University of Tartu


University of Tartu alumni map of Estonia:

Please register for the event to get updated info about the programme!
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Discount for those who have joined our alumni network

Join UT alumni network already today ->


In the course of the “Let’s get together!” campaign, special discounts for friends and groups are available for the alumni network members.




Tickets are available at


Would you like to support the largest ever alumni event?*

The discount ticket for alumni is available for UTalumni members only. Tickets are exchanged for a wristband at the venue, based on the alumni list.


Regular tickets are exchanged at the venue for a regular wristband.

*All supporters will receive a thank-you gift and their names will be made public (if they wish so).



We are updating the programme regularly.

If you want to be one of the first to get the updates,

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12:00–12:30 Opening of alumni reunion

Main building of the University of Tartu

We will gather in front of the six pillars in order to open the biggest ever alumni reunion of the University of Tartu on the 100th anniversary of the national university. The alumni is greeted by rector Toomas Asser. After the rector, the Mayor of Tartu Urmas Klaas will take floor, giving power to the alumni of the University of Tartu for one day. The entrepreneur and journalist Tiit Pruuli will be giving a speech on behalf of the alumni.

13:00–16:00 Events all over Tartu

  • Nostalgic cafés with special offers 

  • Tours in the university buildings, fascinating lectures, exhibitions, etc.

  • Spending time with course mates on the premises of the university

12:30–18:00 Alumni area at Town Hall Square

  • City orientation, chess tournaments, table tennis, WildEst and other board games

  • Solving academic test

 See events here 

13:00–16:00 Brainstorming on topical issues

at Toomemägi Hill, free participation

Nine subjects will be discussed on three stages. We will talk about the developments of the university and Tartu, Estonian nationalism, research and other subjects. Thoughts will be shared by the alumni of the University of Tartu. The event takes place in cooperation with the City of Tartu, supporting Tartu as the European Capital of Culture Candidate City 2024.

 See brainstorming topics here 

16:45–17:30 Premiére of the restored film ‘Alma mater Tartuensis’

at the Assembly Hall of the University This will be the first presentation of the restored version of the film ‘Alma mater Tartuensis’ made by Theodor Luts in 1932. 

18:00–20:00 Setting a record and singing together in honor of alma mater

at Town Hall Square

We will gather at Town Hall Square in order to demonstrate the unity of alma mater and the alumni and set a Guinness record. Musical performances will keep spirits high. We will let the voice of the alumni take over the city of Tartu. The singing will be led by Elis Loik & The Phunkys.

20:00 March

We will march from Town Hall Square to the University of Tartu Sports Hall to get started with the fun alumni party.

20:30–02:30 Alumni party 

at the University of Tartu Sports Hall

The party evening will start with speeches and a superb entertainment programme. Several halls are open where you can dance or chat. Spirits are kept high by the performers Curly Strings, Ultima Thule, Marten Kuningas and Duo Traat. DJ Kersten Kõrge will be playing records until the late hours.

Further information:

The programme is regularly updated. New event info will be first published in the portal where you can also have your say. 

The ticket gives access to all official events of the Alumni Day. ​

* Participation in the Guinness World Record attempt is open exclusively to alumni of the University of Tartu based on wristband. 


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Frequently asked questions

Where can I exchange my ticket for a wristband?


You can exchange your ticket for a wristband on May 17 from 09.00-17.00 in room 104 at the main building of the University of Tartu. Tickets can also be exchanged on May 18 from 10.00-20.30 at the information stall in front of the main building. The wristband gives access to all events.


How can I find my coursemates?


People, who have graduated before 1985 are printed in University of Tartu newspaper and the editions can be found in UT Library or in DSpace digital archive. Simply choose a year in DSpace and find the June paper, where you can see the list of graduates. If you need any help, please write an email to We will be happy to help!


Where can I spend time with my coursemates?

During the day, you can relax at the Town Hall Square, which has an alumni area and where you can buy food and drinks. The area can be accessed only with a wristband. It is also possible to book a room

for gathering with your coursemates. Booking the rooms is free of charge for all ticket owners.


What is included in my ticket?

On May 18, all people with a wristband have the right to participate in all of the events in the schedule, including the evening reception. Everything that is mentioned in the schedule (except for Brainstorming events) is for wristband owners only. The wristband also gives you various perks and deals in Tartu, such as affordable hotel stays and special offers in cafes and museums.


I wish to participate only in the excursions and lectures. Do I have to buy the ticket?

Everything that is mentioned in the schedule (except for Brainstorming events) is for wristband owners only.

Where to park?

All of the events are in close vicinity to each other, so the most convenient option is to walk everywhere. Cars can be parked on various parking slots in Tartu. On Saturday, parking is for free in the city. We will add a specific map with all parking areas on April 25.

What to wear?

Comfortable and weatherproof clothing. There is no formal dress code at the evening reception.

Where to stay?

Hotel Antonius:

Book a room in advance with an affordable price!

Hotel Antonius offers 15% off from May 16-20 with the discount code “Lähme koos”.

The deal is valid only when booking a room on the hotel website with the discount code!



Hostel Hektor:

Book a room in advance with an affordable price!

Hotel Hektor offers 5% off from May 13-20 with the discount code “ut2019”.

The deal is valid only when booking a room on the hotel website with the discount code!



Hotel Dorpat:

Accommodation: one person per room for 60 EUR, two person per room 75,75 EUR + breakfast and parking. The deal is valid only when booking via and by using the discount code ”Lähme koos”.


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