HISTORY OF PANDORA
In 1886, representatives of the eight existing fraternities on campus worked together to create the first yearbook at the University of Georgia. Named after Greek mythology, Pandora, which means “she who has all gifts,” opened the box in which all the evils of the world had been suppressed. The evils of the world flew out to plague mankind, leaving only Hope inside the box. Today, the Pandora Yearbook continues to serve as a source of hope within our campus community and provides records of the past, present, and future at UGA.
The yearbook began as a collection of the Greek students’ various roles and activities on campus, but has evolved over time. Beginning as a paperback book, much smaller in size than ours today, the first iterations of the book provided histories of each class, the school, and of the organizations at the University of Georgia. In recent years, a combination of photographs and written copy has prevailed and the book provides a more holistic view of student life. In 2010, the yearbook transitioned to a digital format distributed through a CD-ROM. It was the first in the SEC to make this switch and provided greater access to the book by removing the cost for students. In 2016, the yearbook transitioned back to an elegant coffee-table style book. As one of the oldest student organizations on campus, the Pandora Yearbook has continued to thrive and evolve to meet the needs of the students it documents.