The Right Honourable Lord Alfred Thompson Denning, one of the most well known jurists of the 20th century, joined in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first graduation of law students from the law school at the University of British Columbia. The Class of 1948, also marking their 20 year reunion, commemorated the special occasion by inviting Lord Denning to be their guest of honour. Lord Denning was well known for his wit, as well as his landmark judicial decisions in cases like Beswick v. Beswick and Central London Property Trust Ltd v. High Trees House Ltd , which are still studied at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Lord Denning arrived in Vancouver with his wife Lady Denning on Wednesday May 29th, 1968. He delivered his principal address at the Law School in celebration of the occasion on June 1st, 1968. A notice of the event generously invited "the Judiciary, all members of the Profession, and students-at-law." The event was expected to be well attending, and the notice suggested early arrival but also assured the invited that "accommodation will be found for all." The Governor General of Canada, His Excellency The Right Honourable Roland Michener had also additionally planned to be in attendance, but was unable to attend when a federal election was called and custom held that the Governor General would not make public appearances during the campaign period.
During his visit to the University of British Columbia, Lord Denning also attended the installation of Dr. F. Kenneth Hare as UBC's fifth president. After their time in Vancouver, Lord and Lady Denning continued their time in Canada with a visit to Government House in Victoria. Lord and Lady Denning returned from Victoria then, accompanied by the law school's Dean Curtis and his wife, traveled by car to Calgary stopping along the way to appreciate the geography of British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.