UMelb BA (1924) first-class honours in sociology and philosophy
UMelb MA (1926)
Magdalen College, Oxford (BA Hons, 1928; BCL Hons, 1929)
January 1957, the month in which, his reputation at its zenith, Paton was knighted
He retired on 29 February 1968, having received honorary doctorates from the universities of Sydney (1955), Queensland (1959), Western Ontario, Canada (1959), Glasgow (1963), London (1963) and Tasmania (1963). Melbourne conferred on him an honorary LL.D in 1971.