Jewish Boy Graduates College – At Age 11


moshe-kai-cavallinMoshe Kai Cavallin, 11, became the second youngest American to ever graduate college this week, after completing an Associate of Arts degree with full honors to boot. Moshe Kai Cavallin (also known by his Chinese name Kai Hasiao Hu or “obedient tiger”) began his studies at East Los Angeles College at the age of 8. When he was not turning heads at ELAC, he also took time to help his fellow students with their studies. One would be advised not to cross the pint-sized college graduate, as he has won gold medals in 26 martial arts events and is very handy with a broadsword.

According to his Web site, Moshe began studying martial arts at the age of 5 with his father, an ex-special operations commando.

Don’t expect to find the martial-artist and future astrophysicist playing video games this summer, which he avoids “because it’s not helping humanity in any way.”

The youngest American to ever graduate from college was Michael Kearney, who finished the University of South Alabama in 1995 at the age of 10.

As a younger child, Moshe Kai Cavallin was identified with “Attention Deficit Disorder,” but his parents refused to use “Ritalin,” the official drug for ADD.

He spoke his first words while he was just 4 months old. He told his pediatrician, “I have a left ear infection” when he was just 6 months old. At the age of just 10 months, he learned to read. Moshe accomplished a perfect score on the multiple-choice diagnostic tests for the Johns Hopkins precocious math program when he was just 4-years-old and his accomplishment came without studying.

Moshe graduated high school at the age of 6 years. He joined Santa Rosa Junior College when he was just 6-years and 7-months old. He finished his graduation from junior college with Associate of Science in Geology at the age of 8-years.

Moshe Kai Cavallin won $25,000 in the program “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” on Friday, April 25 2008 and April 28, 2008.

He graduated from East Los Angeles College with 4.0 GPA. He became the youngest student in U.S. History with an A.A. Degree, when he finished all the requirements for the degree in Jan, 2009 at the age of 10.

{Elisha Newscenter/Haaretz Service}


  1. From Alternative Health Journal

    Moshe Kai Cavallin
    By Dan Sevigny, Community Contributor — Published: June 05, 2009

    Moshe Kai Cavallin is a former child prodigy who was born in Paterson New Jersey on January 18th 1984


    * Taught college at the age of 17
    * Spoke at the age of six months, saying to his pediatrician “I have a left ear infection”
    * Learned to read at ten months
    * Achieved a perfect score on the multiple-choice diagnostic tests for the Johns Hopkins precocious math program at the age of 4 (without studying!)
    * Graduated highschool at age 6
    * Began college before he was 7 years old
    * Wrote a 118-page master’s thesis is entitled “Kinetic Isotope Effects of Thymidine Phosphorylase.” To graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with a master’s degree in biochemistry
    * He received a second Master’s degree in Computer Science from Vanderbilt when he was 17.
    * Won 25,000 on television show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?:

  2. oy its a shame his father didn’t marry a yid we wouldve had a real iluy on our hands . this is golus worse that the last holocaust we have the holocaust of intermarriage

  3. He is not jewish because the mother is not jewish only the father is jewish.And in our religion it goes after the mother not the father.

  4. Who needs another Einstein to create another weapon for our enemies to get? Maybe he will use his gift for something better and become the next Rav Akiva Eiger!

  5. The father is Jewish.

    The mother is a Chinese goya.

    The child is brilliant, but not a Jewish Boy

    Correct the headline of the story.

  6. Please check your facts. A lot of the accomplishments attributed to Moshe were actually Michael Kearney’s. See the Wikipedia article on MK.

  7. The following is a quote from an LA website…

    “He was born to Taiwanese mother Shu Chen Chien and Israeli father Yosef Cavalin…”

    The following is YOUR headline:
    “‘Jewish’ Boy Graduates College – At Age 11”

    As far as I’m concerned he is NOT jewish!

  8. He’s not Jewish.
    He’s not Jewish:

    Moshe Kai Cavallin was born in Cedars-Sinai, Beverly Hills CA. in 1998. Moshe Kai Cavallin is known to the world as a boy genius, a prodigy for setting numerous world records. The son of Taiwanese mother and Israeli father, Moshe Kai Cavallin was homeschooled by his parents, particularly by his mother. He was identified with “Attention Deficit Disorder” ADD but his parents refused to use “Ritalin” the official drug for ADD.

  9. “wow smart kid he can be the next Einstein.”

    …or the next Sa’agas Aryeh. Put him in Lakewood, Mir, or Ponevich!!

  10. HELLO!!Anybody home at Shraga (@ 11:20 AM) has already told you that you’ve got this story all confused.

    You mentioned Michael Kearney in your article and then mistakenly started attributing events in Michael Kearney’s life to Moshe Kai Cavallin. You’ve got these two people TOTALLY MIXED UP.

    And of course, it has already been pointed out to you that regardless of his name, HE IS NOT JEWISH!

    Journalists need to fix their mistakes. Please do so.

  11. I couldn’t care less if he were Jewish or not.

    I don’t envy him because…

    a) no one will hire him for 3-4 years, at least
    b) he has no friends, because he’s not in school
    c) people will look at him as “geeky”, and
    d) nosies like you will harp him about Judaism.

  12. And for those parents and schools in our community who are pushing Ritalin, read the article. How many Rogavitcher’s are we stunting with meds?

  13. So many misinformation. Go to to find the truth.
    I don’t use ritalin I don’t have add.
    Worst: My fellow jews treat me as goy. Many newspaper wrote about me except the LA Jewish Journal. JVS refuse to give me a scholarship.
    My mother is not jewish but my father is. I can still decide to be a nohahide.
    Moshe kai