Wyclef Jean rapped for them. The mayor regaled them.

And educators in the nation’s capital donned tuxedos and gowns at a star-studded event to celebrate the teachers and administrators who serve more than 48,000 students in D.C. Public Schools.

“You know why I’m here? A high school teacher saved my life,” Jean said as he launched into a performance of “Hips Don’t Lie.”