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 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, is posted on the bulletin board in the Student Service Center. All Honors calculations are set after the 7th semester of high school.


Honors include

Summa Cum Laude: unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.95-4.00 through the first semester of Grade 12; collar may be purchased for commencement.

Magna Cum Laude:  unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.94  through the first semester of Grade 12: gold cord may be purchased for commencement.

Cum Laude: unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.74 through the first semester of Grade 12; silver cord may be purchased for commencement.

Four Year Honor Roll:  These students have earned A or B grades in all subjects during high school.

Phi Beta Kappa: As of January 2019, The Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa, will no longer issue certificates to high school students.

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.

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.

Hometown Life Top Six: Each year the Observer & Eccentric recognizes top academic students from area high schools using a mathematical formula involving their cumulative grade point average and ACT/SAT scores.

Congratulations to the 285 students who are being honored at the Senior Honors Convocation. Originally slated to be held at Novi High School, the celebration was moved to virtual event, at 7 p.m. on May 27, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find a 30-minute video presentation of the Senior Honors Convocation, an Honors Program and Slideshow.

You can also watch replays of the Senior Honors Convocation on the City of Novi's channel. It is scheduled to air at the following days and times: 

  • Sunday: 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Monday: 10 a.m.
  • Tuesday: Noon
  • Wednesday: 3:38 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:30 a.m. and 9:40 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m.