Constance McMillen has agreed to settle with the Mississippi school district that refused to allow her to attend her school prom with her girlfriend.

Itawamba County School District officials have agreed to pay the teen $35,000 in damages plus attorneys' fees and adopt a policy prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) announced Tuesday. School officials, however, did not admit to any wrongdoing in their offer.

“I'm so glad this is all over,” McMillen said. “I won't ever get my prom back, but it's worth it if it changes things at my school.”

“I hope this means that in the future students at my high school will be treated fairly. I know there are students and teachers who want to start a gay-straight alliance club, and they should be able to do that without being treated like I was by the school.”

McMillen, with the assistance of the ACLU, sued the district in March after it decided to cancel the annual prom dance for junior and senior students rather than allow McMillen to attend with her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson agreed that the school had violated McMillen's rights but refused to force the school to hold the event.

The ACLU called a plan by parents, students and school officials to hold a private prom that excluded McMillen “cruel.”

“We hope this judgment sends a message to schools that they cannot get away with discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students,” said Bear Atwood, interim legal director at the Mississippi chapter of the ACLU. “We're very proud of Constance for standing up not just for her rights but the rights of LGBT students everywhere.”

McMillen told the AP that she transferred to another school before graduating in the spring.

The case drew nationwide interest, turning McMillen into an overnight gay rights celebrity. She was invited to present an award at this year's GLAAD Media Awards and served as grand marshal for New York's Gay Pride Parade.