Senior Honors

At the Senior Honors Convocation there is recognition for various student awards. We honor students with Senior Class Honors List Awards, Department and Faculty Awards, Student Leadership Awards, Military Academy Appointments, AP Capstone and International Baccalaureate recognition as well as other special awards. Students may not be on our Senior Class Honors List and still receive an invitation if they are being recognized for another award. Please contact your counselor with any questions or errors.

Senior Class Honors Lists are typically posted in mid-April. All seniors are REQUIRED to INITIAL the lists acknowledging the accuracy of the Senior Class Honors lists. The lists, as well as the criteria for each honor, are posted on the bulletin board in the Student Service Center. All Honors calculations are set after the 7th semester of high school.

Due to the current Pandemic, it has come to our attention that the criteria of Senior Honors Night has become more rigorous than in years past, as it looks at only six semesters of grades rather than seven. Due to this, we have decided to round the grade point average (GPA) for Summa, Magna and Cum Laude. These steps have allowed us to capture additional students who would not have otherwise been recognized. We strive to be advocates for our students and this shift is doing right by them and all that they have accomplished and navigated since March of 2020.


Honors include

Summa Cum Laude: unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.9450-4.00 through the first semester of Grade 12; collar will be provided to the graduate for Commencement, with the option to purchase after the ceremony.

Magna Cum Laude:  unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.7450-3.94  through the first semester of Grade 12; gold cord will be provided to the graduate for Commencement, with the option to purchase after the ceremony.

Cum Laude: unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.4450-3.74 through the first semester of Grade 12; silver cord will be provided to the graduate for Commencement, with the option to purchase after the ceremony.

Presidential Award for Academic Excellence: This award, from the U. S. Department of Education, is given to students who have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and who score at the 85th percentile or higher in math or reading on standardized achievement tests.

Departmental Awards: Each department recognizes one or more students who have excelled in some manner in their courses.

Community Volunteer Service: This student has accumulated the highest total of volunteer hours during four years of high school.

Faculty Citizenship Award:  Each year the Novi High School faculity votes to honor a senior who has been a model of good conduct and who has contributed positively to the school and Novi community.

Faculty Leadership Award: Each year the Novi High School faculity votes to honor a senior who has demonstrated outstanding participation and excellent leadership in school activities.

Advanced Placement Capstone Candidates: The Advanced Placement © (AP) Capstone Diploma program offers students the opportunity to develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, time management, and presentation skills necessary for college-level work.

International Baccalaureate Candidates: The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers a continuum of international education.The programme encourages both personal and academic achievement, challenging students to excel in their studies and in their personal development.

National Merit Finalists: More than one million U.S. high school students take the PSAT exam in October of their junior year.  The PSAT is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 juniors eventually become National Merit Finalists, after completing extensive written applications with their counselors.  Finalists represent one-half of one percent of U.S. graduating seniors.

WXYZ-TV Brightest & Best Representative: The Novi High School senior selected has the highest numerical score using a mathematical formula including cumulative grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, and number of IB/AP coursework.

U.S. Department of Education Presidential Scholar Semifinalists: The Federal Presidential Scholar program, established by executive order of the President of the United States in 1964, recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors based on their ACT/SAT scores and other academic criteria.

Novi High School Top Scholars: These are our students that earned an unweighted cumulative grade-point average of 4.0 and a perfect ACT or SAT score.