“The mission of the yearbook is to represent all aspects of student life at the University of Georgia and provide a pictorial record of the past, present, and future. In addition, the Pandora allows students to volunteer and gain invaluable leadership, design, photography, and marketing experience through teamwork.”
According to 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.
In 1886, representatives of the eight existing fraternities on campus worked together to create the first yearbook at the University of Georgia. The yearbook was a collection of the Greeks' roles and of their activities on campus. It was a paperback book, much smaller in size than ours today, giving the histories of each class, of the school, and of the organizations at the University of Georgia. In recent years, a combination of photographs and written copy has prevailed.
In 2010 the yearbook transitioned to a digital format. It was the first yearbook in the SEC and one of the first in the nation to make this switch. The change in medium allowed greater flexibility and many more opportunities for Pandora. Size limits and production costs were slashed, with the capacity of an everyday disc having the capability to hold thousands of pages and with no worry for the cost of color prints. However, in 2016, Pandora transitioned back to a physical book because we wanted to create more value for our book!
The Pandora Yearbook has changed greatly since its first edition, and continues today in the electronic version to depict the ever-changing life of students at UGA.