Students of American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) recognized the enormous contribution by Mr. Bogićević for survival and independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the preservation of high moral human values.
Awarding the honorary doctorate to Mr Bogićević, AUBiH is committed to preserving morals, tolerance and ethical values among the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and region.
Mr Denis Prcic, president of the board of trustees at AUBIH stated: ‘’Students, professors and administration of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina express gratitude and respect to son of Bosnia and Herzegovina, not only personally but also on behalf of most of citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, awarding Honorary Doctorate for act of braveness, recognition and gratitude to Mr. Bogićević who sacrified himself and his family by believing in his people, integrity and independence of Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina.’’
Prof. Dr Sadik Latifagić in his speech read the AUBiH Senate Decision that states:
‘’American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina awarded an honorary doctorate to Mr Bogićević for outstanding contribution to the promotion and recognition of the territorial unity and integrity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for the activity in the promotion of peace, tolerance, and universal European values among peoples and countries of South Eastern Europe, the statesman, highly moral, humane general human actions, commitment to open prospects for young people and creation of an atmosphere of a secure future in the country of Bosnia and Herzegovina, for special contribution to the development of social thought in the field of political science and international relations. ‘’
The ceremony of honorary doctorate was supported by many public figures among which Mr. Jonathan Moore, Director of the Office for Central and East Europe at U.S. State Department and Mr. Azem Vllasi, adviser of the Government of Kosovo for Foreign Affairs.
‘’At probably the most important meeting of the SFRJ presidency on March 12, 1991, when it was deciding about enacting martial law in SFRJ, Bogićević voted against it. It was him that prevented YNA military intervention, giving the contribution to existance and independency of Bosnia and Herzegovina’’- said Mr Moore, and added that Mr. Bogićević dedicated his life and professional career to promote peace, tolerance and living together. ‘’All of us should be thankful to him for it.
Numerous recognitions and awards that he received until now, as well as an honorary doctorate degree that he is receiving today from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, clearly show that despite everything, truthful values are recognized and appreciated ’’ pointed Mr. Moore. Mr. Azem Vllasi said that Bogić tried his chance both in politics and in peace, in crises and in war and that he was always on the right side. "On that position, Bogićević earned voices of citizens of all nationalities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Worth representation of those who have put their trust and not gave up before the insane ideas and pressures by Milosevic to fix government and impose military rule in the country", declared Mr. Vllasi.
A numerous letters of support arrived to American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina and all of them congratulating and honoring Mr. Bogićević. Mr. Milan Kučan asked for his letter to be read at ceremony in which he affirmed: ‘’Being aware of the need to soon overcome difficult consequences that war imposed on people, Bogić Bogićevič was fulfilling his role very dedicated, not thinking about the consequences for himself and his family. He believed that it is his human and moral obligation. He was very often alone and not understood, he was attacked, yet he remained loyal to his human commitments. These are caracteristics of honored and brave man. With his principles and attitude, Bogić Bogićević simbolicly contributed to the future and peaceful path in independence of my republic of Slovenia. He prevented military intervention in the process of independency and he advocated to end the war when it started in Slovenia. During all years after that happening, the Republic of Slovenia unfortunatelly did not express its owed respect and gratitude to Mr. Bogic Bogicevic. Because of it, I feel I owe him.'
Not to be forgotten is one of the most memorable speeches that Mr. Bogić Bogićević gave. Very motivational, but objective and precise in its core Mr. Bogićević asserted:
‘’ Dear professors, you have a tremendous responsibility to educate and shape future statesmen, politicians, professors, engineers, creators of our future. I want to be proud of their successes.
Dear students, this land, belongs to you much more than to my generation. The creation of its future is a big challenge for you and your generation . On this journey you will face many obstacles. In life, there are not only flat roads. Nowadays, it is enough to just think differently than the organizer of criminal raids and self-proclaimed national leaders. You can be declared a traitor to your own people, for foreign mercenary, spies for the West, for Vatican’s favorite , because they do not hate only members of another nation, they hate even more members of his own people, those who do not hate the other, but do not be afraid , truth is everything great. You can betray all, but it is most difficult to betray yourself, because trust creates during the lifetime, while it is lost only once.’’
For this event, students of Graphic and Multimedia Design at American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina for promoting peace, tolerance and equality among people regardless of skin color or religion created works in honor of Nelson Mandela, one of the leading human rights fighters.