Due to not being able to properly celebrate graduations this year the University of Tartu decided to decorate the Kissing Students (Suudlevad tudengid) statue. The city agreed and with the help of local universities, four sculptures in Tartu have been given a new look for graduations.
Helen Kalberg, marketing manager of the University of Tartu, said: "Graduating from college is a very important milestone in a person's life, but today's graduates will not be able to experience it in a normal way. We found that decorating the statues would be a Tartu-like tribute to all the talented people that will receive their diploma this year."
More festive looks were given to the statues of the Kissing Students, Nikolai Pirogov, Karl Menning, and Wilde and Vilde.
The decorating was done by the University of Tartu, Tartu Health Care College, Pallas University of Applied Sciences, and the Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences.
Kstina Vallimäe, Director of Administration of the University of Tartu said: "This year's graduates are in a new situation. That demands unusual moves and a different kind of formality. In addition to decorating sculptures, we planted an ornamental apple tree in Pirogov Place (Pirogovi plats) and put a bench next to the von Bock house."
The sculptures will be in their formal garments for the whole week, June 15-21.
Editor: Kristjan Kallaste